Fennel, Tomato, and Basil Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

tomato fennel basil salad

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Light, healthy, and super easy to assemble, this salad is perfect for a quick desk lunch or as a side to any hearty soup. We recommend slicing the fennel very thin to bring out the best flavor.

Fennel is a staple food in the blue zones regions of Ikaria, Greece and Sardinia, Italy.

Yield: Serves 2-4

Recipe by Giangi Townsend


¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 medium shallot, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

½ cup olive oil

2 fennel bulbs, small to medium

8 Campari tomatoes

10 fresh basil leaves, washed, dried well and cut into chiffonade


  1. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, shallots, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Whisk in olive oil in a steady stream until it is incorporated well and emulsified.
  3. Cut the stalks off fennel bulbs. Slice off the tough bottom end and remove any discolored outer layers. Slice each bulb in half lengthwise, and then slice fennel as thin as you can. If you have a mandoline it will be easier.
  4. Put slices in a bowl with room to toss.
  5. Stem tomatoes and cut in half. Add them to the bowl with fennel and basil.
  6. Toss with enough vinaigrette to coat.