Arugula Fig & Fennel Salad

arugula fennel & fig salad

Whenever I see a fennel bulb, memories flood into my head of my dad picking wild fennel on the side our driveway. I remember him taking a bite and offering me some. I also remember being puzzled as to why my dad loved the taste of fennel; my uneducated palette just didn’t get it.¬† When I set a plate of this Arugula Fig & Fennel salad in front of my dad on Cooper’s birthday, with beaming eyes he told me how much his father loved figs and how they’d pick them off the trees during this time of year when he was a boy. I could tell the salad triggered a fond memory for his father in the same way fennel triggers my memories of him.

arugula fennel & fig salad

This is what I love the most about feeding others. It’s always a pleasure hearing other people’s stories and connections with food. It’s particularly exciting when food helps brings back memories from my parent’s childhood because I am always so eager to learn more about them.

arugula fennel & fig salad

Peppery arugula and crunchy fennel slices are spiked with a simply lemon dressing and finished off with beautiful quarters of sweet juicy figs and shavings of fresh Parmesan. It’s a perfectly pretty and well balanced salad. Hurry up! Fig season is almost over!

And we’re off!

Arugula, Figs, Fennel, Lemon & Parmesan…there’s olive oil around somewhere.

arugula fennel & fig salad

Slice up the figs.

arugula fennel & fig salad

Thinly slice the fennel. A mandolin is quite helpful!

arugula fennel & fig salad

Shave your Parmesan.

arugula fennel & fig salad

Whisk your dressing.

arugula fennel & fig salad

Lay all the ingredients out on a plate and dress! Season with salt & pepper.

arugula fennel & fig salad

A feast of flavors all in one salad.

Arugula Fig & Fennel Salad

Serves 4

(recipe from For the Love of Salad, by Jeanelle Mitchell)

  • 6 cups baby arugula
  • 1/2 small fennel bulb, cored & sliced paper thin
  • 6 fresh ripe figs, quartered
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt & freshly ground pepper
  • shaved Parmesan cheese

Divide the arugula among 4 salad plates. Arrange fennel and figs on top of arugula. Whisk oil and lemon juice in a small bowl and season with salt & pepper to taste. Drizzle vinaigrette over salads and garnish with shaved Parmesan.

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  • October 5, 2011

    I can’t agree with you more. The salad looks beautiful.

  • October 5, 2011

    This salad is a beauty. Yum!

  • October 5, 2011

    Looks so good! Great photos, too. :)

  • October 5, 2011

    This has just made me get kind of teary. My dad lives 4000 miles away so I hardly ever get to see him. He loves eating raw potatoes (?!) and salt on watermelon. It’s weird.

    • October 5, 2011

      Awww! That’s so sweet. And raw potatoes?!! Sheesh! I totally get the watermelon & salt thing though!

  • October 5, 2011

    So happy to see a recipe with figs! We just moved into a house with a fig tree. So far I’ve mostly found fig recipes that include prosciutto or bacon and I recently stopped eating meat. This looks great can’t wait to try it!

    • October 5, 2011

      Lucky you!!! Try them with goat cheese stuffed inside! SOO GOOD.

  • judy
    October 5, 2011

    looks delicious! and nutritious! … tell me you had a donut for dessert

    • October 5, 2011

      nope. CHOCOLATE CAKE with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING!

  • October 5, 2011

    Oh yum.

  • October 5, 2011

    I never tried fennel.. in my country we don’t usually use it.
    Maybe I’m going to try this recipe..because I love salad with figs ;)

  • Jen
    October 5, 2011

    What does fennel taste like?

    • October 5, 2011

      It has somewhat of a licorice vibe. It’s pretty mellow though.

      • Jen
        October 6, 2011

        Ooh, I like licorice! Will have to try it! :)

  • October 5, 2011

    Figs are definitely one of those things that I’m scared to attempt, which is probably weird. I’m going to have to get over that fear because they are such a beautiful fruit.

    • October 5, 2011

      I faced my fears of fig & fennel this past year and LOOK! I made a salad. You can get over it. I know you can!

  • Darcee
    October 5, 2011

    Looks delish, all of my favorites! I have a mandolin, but always have trouble with my fennel. Any tips?

    • October 5, 2011

      HOLD ON TIGHT. It takes some muscle and BE CAREFUL!

      • Darcee
        October 6, 2011

        Thanks, I’ll try harder. Yeah, I’m always a little scared using the darn thing:)

  • October 6, 2011

    mandolins make my fingers bleed.

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