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Lemon Fennel Salad Dressing

This lemon fennel salad dressing, which is especially gorgeous with grilled sea scallops, is also nice with any seafood salad. Containing lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and Dijon mustard this is a full-flavored dressing which is softened slightly by the addition of extra-virgin olive oil and the unmistakable taste of fennel. Fennel is a flavorful and highly aromatic herb. It can be used medicinally or in recipes. Fennel is one of the primary ingredients in absinthe, along with anise which tastes similar. Fennel comes as a dried herb or you can get fresh fennel plants to use raw or cooked.

You can use fennel fronds as well as the fennel tops here. The fronds have a very delicate flavor and are great for making infused oil (simply combine some extra-virgin olive oil with finely chopped fennel fronds and garlic) or for adding to soups. You can also sprinkle them on the crème fraiche or whipped cream you garnish your soup with, for an elegant look. Use chopped raw fennel in the salad itself for a stronger flavor. Fennel is an ingredient you either love or hate. If you love it, this recipe is for you.

Fennel Salad Dressing with Mustard
Summary: Lemon, fennel, oil, vinegar, and mustard come together to make this tangy salad dressing. Try it with your favorite seafood or even over mixed greens for a refreshing flavor.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 8
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fennel tops
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Whisk the vinegar, lemon juice, and mustard together and add a pinch each of salt and black pepper.
  2. Whisk in the extra-virgin olive oil slowly until it emulsifies, then stir in the fennel tops.
(Makes About ¾ Cup)

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Enjoy this lemon and fennel dressing, with its special mustard piquancy, over scallops, shrimp or fish, or try it over mixed salad greens, maybe with something creamy like goat’s cheese to cut through the piquant taste of the dressing. This is very easy to make since you only have to blend the ingredients together, and this recipe makes enough dressing for about 8 servings. You can keep it for a couple of days in an airtight container, giving it a good shake before using it in case the ingredients have separated.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.

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