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32 Tasty Ways to Use Fennel in Paleo Cooking

I love the crisp, aromatic flavor of fennel, and it lends itself well to so many different types of dishes. If you’ve got a bulb or some seeds you’re itching to use, try out some of these paleo-friendly fennel recipes.



1. Sweet Fennel Sausage Recipe
This delicious breakfast sauce is full of flavor with ground pork, fresh thyme, fresh fennel, grass-fed butter, olive oil, roasted garlic (my favorite part), fennel seeds, balsamic vinegar, salt, and freshly cracked black pepper.


Squash Salad With Tahini and Hazelnuts
Photo: The Gantzery

2. Squash Salad With Tahini and Hazelnuts
This amazing and colorful salad will bright your mood with kuri squash, fennel, mixed greens, radish, basil, hazelnuts, and a few other healthy ingredients. Top it off with a simple tahini dressing you can keep in the back of your mind for just about any salad.


3. Creamy Waldorf Slaw With Paleo Poppy Seed Dressing
This Waldorf salad is creamy without being just a mouthful of mayonnaise, which is the impression I’ve gotten of more traditional Waldorf salad recipes. This one is made with fennel, apple, celery, cranberries, toasted walnuts, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, honey, poppy seeds, and more.


4. Baked Haddock With Roasted Tomato and Fennel
This one-dish dinner is definitely going into your regular rotation of meals. You can use any white fish you like, really, and the flavor of lemon, garlic, and fennel will fill the kitchen as the dish is baking. Yum!


5. Shaved Fennel, Mint, Avocado, Orange, and Pistachio Salad
This is a similar salad with a different flavor profile, and the addition of healthy fats in the form of avocado. This one is especially kid friendly with the taste of fresh mint, salty pistachios, and creamy avocados, so if your kids aren’t crazy about salad in general, this might be a good one to try.


Shaved Fennel, Orange, and Sauerkraut Salad
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6. Shaved Fennel, Orange, and Sauerkraut Salad
With a stunning combination of sweet, tart, spicy, and savory flavors, this salad is simply irresistible. The orange and fennel complement each other in flavor, while the sauerkraut provides your body with nourishing probiotics just like any natural, fermented food does.


7. Fennel Baba Ganoush
Baba ganoush is a delicious eggplant-based dip that’s an awesome paleo alternative to hummus. This different twist on traditional baba ganoush is made with fennel instead of eggplant, giving it a strong and appealing flavor.


8. Green Fennel Juice
This green juice is made with celery, fennel bulbs, green apples, pear, lemon, ginger, and a handful of leafy greens. Its mild and sweet flavor from pear and apples is spiked with spicy ginger and fennel, and it’s an excellent way to start your day off right with a boost of nutrients.


9. Pumpkin, Caramelized Onion, Fennel, and Apple Soup
Creating a good soup takes skill and patience, and by the way the layered flavors of this soup come together, you can tell it took practice to get right! You’ll need pumpkin, onions, garlic, olive oil, butter, apples, star anise, bone broth, fennel, baby spinach, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, and fresh coriander leaves.


Cabbage, Fennel, and Peach Slaw
Photo: Jessi’s Kitchen

10. Cabbage, Fennel, and Peach Slaw
I’m in love with this recipe. I’ve been on a slaw kick recently, and the pleasantly unexpected flavor of peach is totally perfect in this one. I also love the sweet and tangy dressing made from orange juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, maple syrup, fresh basil, garlic powder, black pepper, oregano, and sea salt.


11. Fennel and Mango Slaw
With just a handful of ingredients, you can be well on your way to one of the best slaws you’ve ever had. With sweet and juicy mango and crunchy, delicious fennel, this is a slaw even the kids could get behind.


12. Roast Pork
This southern-style roast pork recipe is made with pork ribs, Cajun seasoning, ghee, raw honey, garlic, cabbage, hot sauce, red bell pepper, apple, fennel, onion, and chicken broth (or white wine, or in a pinch, water—your choice!).


13. Springtime Fennel and Citrus Salad
Fennel and citrus do go exceptionally well together, and this beautiful salad uses my all-time favorite type of citrus: blood oranges! I can get them locally now where I live, and I’ve been a blood orange fiend for weeks. This salad is definitely going on my must-make list.


Paleo Chicken Soup
Photo: Perchance to Cook

14. Paleo Chicken Soup
I think I’m going to make this soup for dinner tonight. It’s flavorful and easy, and perfect on a chilly evening! If you want to make it too, you’ll need yellow onion, fennel, garlic, chicken, rosemary, crushed red pepper, chicken stock, sweet potato, carrots, cauliflower, and seasonings.


15. Fennel and Mushrooms
This recipe wins for the easiest of the day. For this simple side dish, all you need is coconut oil, sliced mushrooms, fennel, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and organize garlic powder.


16. Roasted Salmon With Citrus and Fennel
Here’s another recipe that uses citrus and fennel together, and this one uses several different kinds of citrus. You’ll need blood orange, grapefruit, Meyer lemon, honey tangerine, and cara cara orange, but if you can’t find all of them, just use what you can find.


17. Grilled Shrimp, Citrus, and Fennel Salad
In the mood for a warmer salad? Try this one with jumbo grilled shrimp, fresh arugula, fennel, fresh cilantro leaves, sliced almonds, and clementines. It’s topped with a bright and delicious dressing with orange, lime, cayenne pepper, fennel seeds, and sea salt.


Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken Thighs, Fennel, and Sweet Potatoes
Photo: The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

18. Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken Thighs, Fennel, and Sweet Potatoes
For as lovely as this one-dish meal looks, it has shockingly few ingredients! This dinner is easy to make with fennel, yams or sweet potatoes, chicken thighs, Meyer lemon, kosher salt, black pepper, fresh thyme, and a cooking oil of your choice.


19. Blood Orange and Fennel Salad With Fresh Ginger Vinaigrette
Orange and ginger are a fabulous combination, and you get pure magic when you add cucumber, red onion, apple cider vinegar, fennel, and a touch of sea salt. The flavor of this salad meld together and offer a cleansing taste of spring, which is the perfect time to enjoy this dish.


20. Roasted Salmon With Apple Fennel Salad Over Garlicky Kale
This dinner will give you your healthy protein boost along with a fresh and crunchy apple fennel salad and vitamin-rich garlicky kale. You’ll need plenty of kale, wild salmon, extra virgin olive oil, apple, fennel, pomegranate seeds, apple cider vinegar, and a few other delicious ingredients.


21. Fennel and Coriander Crusted Tilapia
This tilapia has a crunchy, crusty coating made from fennel seeds, coriander seeds, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. It’s a super simple recipe that everyone in your family is sure to love, and you can use any flaky, white fish you happened to have around.


Spicy Celery Cauliflower Rice
Photo: Yaya Recommended

22. Spicy Celery Cauliflower Rice
This cauliflower rice is the queen of cauliflower rices—just look at the ingredient list and tell me you’re not excited about turmeric, garlic, mint, fresh ginger, cinnamon, cloves, celery, onion, and fennel seeds. Make it with ghee for an extra delicious flavor!


23. Warm Fennel Salad With Bacon
This warm salad is made with bacon, garlic, fennel, onion, spinach, salt, and pepper. The fat from the bacon adds an awesome flavor to everything else as it comes, which is one reason this dish is bound to disappear in half the few minutes it took you to make it.


24. Paleo Pie With Sweet Potato and Fennel Mash
This pie is packed with vegetables and healthy ingredients to make a filling, nourishing dinner. You’ll use ground beef, beef stock (best if it’s bone broth), carrots, rosemary, tomato puree, red onion, mushrooms, garlic and sweet potatoes.


25. Rosemary Beetroot Burgers With Fennel and Cucumber Salad
Here’s an elegant and tasty dinner that’s perfect for guests, and easier to make than you would expect. The beef patties are a lovely color from the beets (which add vitamins and minerals), and the cucumber fennel salad is refreshing and spicy with wholegrain or Dijon mustard.


Kale Salad With Fennel and Radicchio in a Creamy Dressing
Photo: Ricki Heller

26. Kale Salad With Fennel and Radicchio in a Creamy Dressing
This salad is suitable for several different dietary restrictions, including the candida diet. To make it, you’ll need hemp seeds, cashews, sauerkraut brine, garlic, fennel, lacinato kale, sunflower sprouts, goji berries, and a few other nourishing veggies and seasonings.


27. Ultimate Spring Salad
For a salad that’s perfect for spring, try including mostly spring veggies and fruits for extra fresh flavors, like in this spring salad. It’s made with arugula, fennel, asparagus, radishes, green peas, strawberries, and a lemon tahini dressing you’ll want to eat off of a spoon.


28. Harissa Salmon, Roasted Fennel, and Rocket Salad
This spicy and bright salad is made with rose harissa, fennel, rocket, olive oil, lemon juice, coriander, mint, toasted flaked almonds, and salmon filets. I could imagine this making a really awesome dinner, lunch, or even a breakfast for the breakfast-salad-initiated.


29. Poached Cod, Fennel, and Citrus Salad
Here’s another fish-citrus-and fennel dish, and this one might be the simplest so far. Keep the fennel stalks, because you’re going to use that part in this recipe as well as the bulb. You can use whatever sweet citrus you want, here—I’d go with blood oranges, but that’s just me.


Creamy Roasted Fennel and Carrot Soup With Black Garlic Fennel Oil
Photo: The Endless Meal

30. Creamy Roasted Fennel and Carrot Soup With Black Garlic Fennel Oil
This soup is super smooth going down, and has a fantastic flavor from carrots, fennel, cardamom, ginger, dry white wine, homemade broth, pernon, and full-fat coconut milk (use this in place of the half-and-half to make it dairy free). The black garlic fennel oil is a lovely final touch.


31. Winter Citrus Salad
There’s something almost divine about how, in the coldest, darkest part of the year, we’re given the gift of citrus: the brightest fruits in flavor and color. They taste like sunshine, and so does this salad, made with mixed citrus, fennel, poppy seeds, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and shelled pistachios.


32. Fennel Breakfast Sausage
If you haven’t figured it out already, fennel goes just as well with pork as it does with citrus. This recipe uses ground pork, fennel seeds, oregano, basil, thyme, freshly ground black pepper, and an optional touch of maple syrup to round out the flavors.

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