Shaved Fennel Asparagus Salad with kalamata olives and feta cheese, is a fresh side dish. Drizzle with an orange vinaigrette. Simple, bright, and flavorful!

a soft pink plate filled with a Shaved Fennel Asparagus Salad

Friends, it’s time to brighten our cooking for spring and summer, with refreshing ingredients like asparagus!

Shaved Fennel Asparagus Salad

This Shaved Fennel Asparagus Salad is delightful and so yummy served as a side dish with a drizzle of orange vinaigrette. It’s delicious served with anything grilled. You may want to try my Grilled Corn Bratwurst Dinner Board or Best Grilled Chicken Thighs recipes.

close up view of Shaved Fennel Asparagus Salad with kalamata olives and feta cheese

If only all dishes that taste this complex were this simple to put together, I think you’re really going to love this Asparagus and Fennel Salad!

More asparagus salads:

When vegetables are as tender as in-season asparagus, we also love fresh salads such my Pesto Asparagus Caprese Salad Recipe (watch the video) or Shaved Asparagus Cucumber Sesame Salad. I also loved this Shaved Parmesan Asparagus Salad with soft boiled eggs!

Ingredients for shaved asparagus & fennel salad:

  • Asparagus
  • Fennel
  • Salt
  • Kalamata olives
  • Feta cheese

Salads are all about the dressing. Drizzle this light deliciousness over the salad and serve!

Shaved Fennel Asparagus Salad with small bowl of orange dressing

Ingredients for orange vinaigrette:

  • Orange juice
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Shallots
  • Honey
  • Salt and pepper

pink oblong plate with asparagus and fennel salad, garnished with orange slices

Poaching (or blanching) is the key to the perfect bite! A few minutes in boiling water brings out each vegetable’s flavor, while retaining its color and crisp-tender texture!

How to blanch vegetables

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a generous sprinkle of salt (about a heaping 1/4 cup).
  2. When the water comes to a boil, add the asparagus and boil for 3-5 minutes, depending on the size of the stalk (thinner= less time, thicker= more time).
  3. Prepare a bath of ice water.
  4. When asparagus is bright green and tender–but still crisp–drain and transfer to the iceboat to stop the cooking.
  5. When the stalks have cooled, drain and set out on a towel to dry.

Shaved Fennel Asparagus Salad on an oblong platter wth a small bowl of orange dressing and gold serving tongs

We are slowly getting back into life again with a few friends at a time, which makes a very small gathering.

I dare say none of us will ever take a family or small group of friends or neighbor gathering for granted again, will we?

I’d really love to hear how you plant to slowly start entertaining again, and what it will look like for you?

Shaved Fennel Asparagus Salad on an oblong platter wth a small bowl of orange dressing and gold serving tongs
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Shaved Fennel Asparagus Salad

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4

Ingredients
 

  • 2 bundles asparagus, trimmed and blanched
  • 1 bulb fennel, shaven with mandolin
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 c kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4 c feta, crumbled

Dressing

  • 1/2 c orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, finely diced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together ingredients for the dressing and set aside.
  • To blanch your asparagus, bring a large pot of water to a boil with a generous sprinkle of salt—a heaping 1/4 cup. When the water comes to a boil, add the asparagus and boil for 3-5 minutes, depending on the size of the stalk (thinner= less time, thicker= more time). Prepare a bath of ice water.
  • When asparagus is bright green and tender—but still crisp--drain and transfer to the iceboat to stop the cooking. When the stalks have cooled, drain and set out on a towel to dry.
  • To assemble, toss the asparagus and fennel together and plate on a serving platter. Sprinkle with feta, olives, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. To serve, drizzle with the dressing and a squeeze of fresh orange juice.
Cuisine: American
Course: Salad
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close up of Shaved Fennel Asparagus Salad with a slice of orange