So, now that we’ve conquered our fear of fennel (I mean, seriously, what do you do with this ridiculous-looking licorice bomb?), it’s time to move into uncharted, even more delicious territory: salads.
This salad is, in a word, irresistible. We dare you to take just one bite. Let us show you how this 30-minute side or entrée is made!
This star of this salad show is the fennel – curry–roasted fennel to be exact.
If you fear the pungent, licorice-y taste of fennel, roasting it in a little curry powder and salt takes it to tasty town. (But let’s be real – any vegetable roasted in this curry powder is out-of-this-world delicious. What do you expect? So, much, flavor.)
What is Curry Powder?
Curry powder is not a common ingredient used in traditional Indian cooking, but rather an invention of the British to evoke the flavors of Indian cuisine. The term “curry” in Indian cooking refers to a sauce or gravy served with vegetables or meat. (source)
The next step? Dressing.
It was hard to decide on just one, but for simplicity’s sake, we suggest the Rosemary Tahini Dressing from this Amazing Super Cleansing Slaw. The flavors just work.
But, if you’re looking to venture outside of your tahini comfort zone, try this 6-ingredient Vegan Tzatziki! We found that it melded really well with the complex flavor of the curry by adding a nice cooling, refreshing finish. You can’t go wrong either way.
Once your fennel is roasted, it’s assembly time. For even more protein, fiber, and crunch, we opted for a batch of our Actually Crispy Baked Chickpeas. To save time, you could also just use cooked (unbaked) chickpeas or grab some already baked at the store.
We hope you LOVE this salad! It’s:
Easy to make
& Incredibly delicious
This would make the perfect side to bring along to dinner parties or serve alongside mains like these Mushroom Black Bean Burgers or Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea Burgers. Leaving the chickpeas off this salad makes it more of a side for two to four people (in our opinion). But to make it an entrée for two, add the chickpeas (or cooked quinoa!) for extra heartiness.
For more hearty salads, be sure to check out our Loaded Kale Salad, Sweet Potato Avocado Salad, Curry-Roasted Vegetable & Lentil Salad, Mexican-Inspired Salad Cups with Quinoa & Black Beans, and the Abundance Kale Salad with Savory Tahini Dressing.
If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!
Curry Roasted Fennel Salad with Rosemary Tahini Dressing
- 1 bulb fennel – fronds and stems removed, thinly sliced with a knife or mandolin
- 1 Tbsp curry powder
- 1 Tbsp avocado or melted coconut oil (if avoiding oil, sub water)
- 1 Pinch sea salt
- 5 cups salad greens (mixed greens, kale, spinach, etc.)
- 1 red bell pepper – seeds and stems removed, thinly sliced
- 1 batch Actually Crispy Chickpeas – or plain cooked chickpeas (optional)
- If serving with crispy chickpeas, follow the link for instructions and prepare now. Otherwise, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and arrange fennel on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with curry powder, coconut oil (or water), and sea salt and toss to combine. Spread in an even layer.
- Roast fennel for about 20 minutes or until tender, golden brown, and slightly crispy on the edges. Set aside.
- In the meantime, prepare dressing by adding all ingredients (starting with the lesser measurement of water) to a small blender (such as a Magic Bullet) or a mixing bowl and blending or whisking to combine. Add more water as needed until creamy and pourable.
- Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more garlic for zing, lemon for acidity, apple cider vinegar for tanginess, or rosemary for herbal flavor.
- To serve, arrange greens of choice on a platter or serving bowl and top with red bell pepper, roasted fennel, chickpeas (optional), and any additional garnishes, such as fresh rosemary or lemon slices (optional).
- Serve with dressing on the side. This salad acts as a side without the chickpeas, and more of an entrée with the chickpeas.
- Best when fresh. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 4 days. The dressing will keep in the refrigerator up to 6-7 days.