This stunning shaved carrot fennel salad is made with peeled veggies, pistachios, and a delicate dressing. It’s a delicious vegan fennel recipe that makes a great side dish.
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Ok, so I posted about carrots two days in a row. I know, I know. Sue me! They’re just such a versatile ingredient that it was bound to happen.
This recipe, however, uses carrots in a much different way than yesterday’s Beet and Carrot Veggie Applesauce.
Instead of cooking and mashing carrots, I kept them raw and used a vegetable peeler to produce gorgeous, fresh carrot shavings. These pretty lil’ things are the perfect companion to shaved fennel, a lesser known veggie with a subtle anise test.
If you’ve never had fennel before, this might be one of the best ways to try it.
Some people, especially those who dislike licorice, shy away from fennel. But it has a lot to offer from a culinary standpoint. Its unique taste really shakes up traditional recipes, and when you pair fennel with the right companions (like sweet carrots), you’re in for a real treat.
How to Prepare Raw Fennel
To prepare the fennel for this recipe, simply slice off the stalks and wash the bulb. You will only shave the bulb with a vegetable peeler, since the stalks are usually bitter. It’s really useful to keep the bulb intact and not cut it into smaller pieces. This makes it easier to shave.
As for those pretty little green wisps on the stalks, they’re called fronds. And you can keep those to sprinkle on top of this Shaved Fennel Carrot Salad before you serve it.
If you don’t have a vegetable peeler or don’t want to use it so have you bulb of fennel, you can also just thinly slice the fennel. See how to do this in my tutorial on How to Prepare Fennel.
- Shaving vegetables takes more time than slicing and dicing them, but it’s a fun way to mix it up. I also think it makes the salad more enjoyable, because you don’t have to work as hard to chomp on the raw carrots and fennel. Just be sure to set aside a little extra prep time for making this Shaved Carrot Fennel Salad.
- Here is the vegetable swivel peeler that I use, and I love it!
- Use multicolored carrots, instead of just orange ones, to get an even prettier dish! You can find rainbow carrots at most stores, including Trader Joe’s.
- This salad can be served alongside a lean protein or as part of a holiday meal.
- Leftovers will last for up to 3 days in the fridge.
If you’re a part of the Veg World, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I love to make super fancy looking recipes that are secretly (or not so secretly) incredibly easy to make.
Fake it until you make it, am I right?!! This is one of those recipes. I hope you enjoy these fun shaved veggies as much as I do!
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Simple Shaved Carrot and Fennel Salad
- 3 large carrots - orange or multicolored
- 1 bulb fennel - stalks and fronds removed
- ¼ cup pistachios - chopped
- Fennel fronds - for garnish
- Prepare the carrots by slicing off their ends and peeling off the outer layer. Then, use a vegetable peeler to create thin shavings. Prepare the fennel by removing the stalks and any discolored outer pieces. Keep the bulb and its core intact, and use the vegetable peeler to make shavings from the bulb until you reach the center. (It's a lot easier to peel a whole fennel bulb than it is to peel individual pieces of fennel.) When you get to a point where it becomes difficult to keep shaving the veggies, thinly slice whatever is left. Be sure to remove and discard the fennel core.
- Combine the shavings and pistachios in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients, and pour it over the veggies and nuts. Mix until well coated. Garnish with chopped fennel fronds before serving.
- Enjoy chilled or at room temperature!
- This is a great side dish to fish or another lean protein or as part of a holiday meal.
- If you don't have a vegetable peeler, you can also use a paring knife to make shavings. Keep in mind that shaving veggies takes more time than chopping them, but it's a really pretty preparation!
- Leftovers will last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Enjoy eating in color 😉 – Lizzie