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Spicy Orange Fennel Salad

Spicy Orange Fennel Salad. A deliciously refreshing new take on coleslaw side dish using thinly sliced fennel, a little spicy heat and sweet orange slices.

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Spicy Orange Fennel Salad.

Spicy Orange Fennel Salad. Originally published June, 2011. Updated March, 2020.

Through weeks of rain, drizzle and fog I still hold out hope that our barbecue season will start soon.  I need to see an end to what is shaping up to be the wettest June in St. John’s since 1982.

That’s according to CBC weather-caster Ryan Snodden, anyway. I’m sure weather forecasters are not in the business of making our weather sound even worse than it is.

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Spicy Orange Fennel Salad.

When that barbecue ready day comes, this simple orange and fennel salad/slaw should be on your menu. It is great beside your favorite grilled chops or chicken.

Heck I’d even serve it with burgers. You can omit the chili paste if you prefer a bright, fresh side dish with out the spice.

Cut fellel bulb on a wooden background

I think fennel is a much underused vegetable. I love its delicate flavour.

This is really a sort of upscale coleslaw and since I just love fennel, It is a welcome addition to my plate anytime.

Consider a mandolin for thin slicing fennel.

fresh organic clementines picked with green leaves

Try this side dish with seasonal citrus too, like clementines or tangerines.

The secret here is to get your fennel as thinly sliced as possible. This is best accomplished on a mandolin.

If you don’t have one, a good sharp knife and a little patience will do just fine. However, you may just want to go and buy one if you take a particular liking to this tasty side dish.

We have more side dish inspiration including everything from baked beans & corn bread to deliciously different potato and pasta salads. Be sure to check them all out in our collection of 26 Best BBQ Side Dishes too.  

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Spicy Orange Fennel Salad.

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Yield: 6 servings

Spicy Orange Fennel Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Spicy Orange Fennel Salad - a deliciously refreshing new take on coleslaw using thinly sliced fennel, a little spicy heat and sweet orange slices. A wonderful balance of flavours.


  • 1 small head of fennel, thinly sliced
  • zest and juice of one small orange
  • 4 tbsp fat-free or reduced fat mayonnaise
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed chili paste, (optional) more or less to taste
  • 2 large oranges, peeled and sliced


  1. Toss together all ingredients except the orange slices.
  2. Cover and chill for an hour before serving with orange slices on top.
  3. Garnish with fennel fronds if desired.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

6 servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 73Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 1mgSodium 130mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 2gSugar 13gProtein 1g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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