Italian Fennel Salad with White Beans, Olives, Lemon + Mint

talian Fennel Salad with white beans, olives, lemon and mint. Vegan and gluten free. A simple and refreshing summer salad.

‘And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you. Because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it’


– Roald Dahl


I have had only what I can best describe as a serious love affair with fennel this winter. It has never really been apart of my meals until now. It started out slowy in a soup, then got tossed into a winter salad mix, since its been thinly sliced into all the salads, or simply lightly dressed in lemon juice and olive oil. And here, we meet again. 

This salad lies somewhere between Greek and Italy. Crunchy, salty and fresh, sort of your not-quite-summer take on a greek salad. It is as good as the sum of its parts, so good quality olives and olive oil can make big difference. Let your own love affair begin. Serves 1 as a main, 2 as a side.


2 medium bulbs fennel
1/2 cup cooked and rinsed white beans (cannellini, linga, butter, etc.)
Juice of one lemon, plus a little zest
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
8-10 kalamata olives, pitted
Handful fresh mint
Cracked black pepper


Slice the fennel bulbs in half and remove a tough core. Using a mandolin or sharp knife thinly slice the fennel in rounds or half moons and place in a salad bowl.

Squeeze over lemon juice and add a little olive oil. Toss lightly together with your fingertips.

Roughly chop the olives and mint, and add to the fennel along with the white beans

Toss everything together and serve with black pepper and lemon zest and top with fennel fronds.

Drizzle over a little extra olive oil, dig in!

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  • Reply
    March 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Jodi, just stopped by to let you know you’re featured on Carole’s Chatter today! Cheers

    PS Food on Friday will be doing fennel soon!

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    Jodi Kay
    March 27, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Awesome! Thanks, Carole! Looking forward to fennel Friday :) x

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    Cheri Savory Spoon
    March 28, 2014 at 4:48 am

    This sounds delicious, love fennel and white beans!

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    Emily @ My Little Lasik
    March 29, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Looks epic!

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    Clipping Path
    May 13, 2014 at 5:30 am

    I like to read your website. You must write more posts about this article.

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