Fennel and Orange Salad with or without Hot Smoked Salmon

Fennel and Orange Salad - the perfect winter salad

Appetisers, Salad | March 3, 2017 | By

Fennel and Orange Salad is an ideal winter salad, fennel gives a fabulous crunch and slight aniseed flavour and blood oranges and pink grapefruit are in season and totally delicious just now.  I threw in an orange pepper and topped it with some beautiful flakes of hot smoked salmon.

We were fortunate to win a Burns Supper hamper from Fresh Food Express, it contained all the ingredients for a Burns Supper and a lot more!  Included in the vegetable box was a bulb of Florence Fennel, an orange bell pepper,  a pink grapefruit and two blood oranges, the produce was beautifully fresh and ideal for a  Fennel and Orange Salad.  Also in the hamper was a pack of hot smoked salmon which is like a salmon fillet but cooked in hot smoke rather than the classic cold smoked salmon that is translucent and cut thinly. 



Fennel and Orange Salad

Serves 4 as a side salad or 3 as a main course

 1 bulb Florence fennel, finely sliced

1 pink grapefruit, peeled and cut into segments

2 blood oranges, peeled and cut into segments

1 orange pepper, finely sliced

2 fillets of hot smoked salmon (optional)

2 tbsp lime infused rapeseed oil

1 tbsp  juice saved from the citrus fruit

1 tsp honey

¼ tsp salt

Freshly ground black pepper


Layer the vegetables into a serving bowl, top with the citrus fruit segments and hot smoked salmon, if using, add a few fennel fronds to garnish.

Make the dressing by mixing together the flavoured oil (if you don’t have any then you could grate a little fresh ginger into the dressing, but it’s fine without) and shake in a lidded container or whisk to combine.

Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.


Fennel and Orange Salad is the perfect winter salad This salad is ideal if you are trying to up your fruit and veg intake.  I’m on a bit of a mission to aim for 10-a-day after the news that 5-a-day may not be enough.  I certainly haven’t felt hungry this week and have managed between 8-10 fruit and vegetables every day.  I am realising that I’m going to have to get some more inspiration if I’m going to keep this up and fortunately there is plenty out there including this great round up of fruit and vegetable recipes over at the Froothie blog

More citrus salad recipes from Top UK Bloggers:

Honey, pomelo, pomegranate and fennel salad – Jen’s Food

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A very seasonal way to get towards your 10 a day Janice! Blood oranges are so good right now. I’m not sure if I’m getting all the portions in but I’m definitely aiming for more variety which has to be a good thing.

Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

What a lovely refreshing salad, perfect for the warm summer months to come. I hope. Love the addition of salmon!


This is such a fresh and zippy sounding salad, making the most of winter tastes. But I would want it year-round too! Congratulations on winning that great hamper. Did you get the lime infused rapeseed oil in it? Just wondering who make this oil. Thanks 🙂

Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

I love this combo. Fennel and orange are two of my favourites!


This is so pretty! I know I’d love it both ways!

Camilla Hawkins

Lush Janice, I’ll have mine with the hot smoked salmon please:-)