Grilled Fennel Salad with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan

grilled fennel

Will you be firing up the grill for Father’s Day? If so, I’d like to suggest a platter of grilled fennel as a side! It goes wonderful with steaks, chicken, fish and my absolute favorite, a Tuscan grilled pork roast. Those of you who have been on the fence about fennel because of it’s slight licorice/anise flavor, please give this grilled version a try.

grilled fennel platter

 Cooked fennel doesn’t taste licoricey at all, it’s delicate and mellow and has a natural sweetness with a texture that is similar to bok choy.

Fresh herbs combined with lemon, lemon zest, olive oil and shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano makes for the perfect topping to enhance the flavors even more.

grilled fennel salad

 You can grill your fennel ahead of time either outside or on an indoor grill, just don’t flip them until you get a nice char on each side and they’re tender to the touch. I like to keep my grill on medium, watching closely. They take about 5 minutes per side.

 Then all you have to do is drizzle on the dressing and watch them disappear!

Grilled Fennel Salad with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan
  • fennel bulbs, sliced
  • olive oil
  • fresh herbs like basil, parsley and thyme and some fennel fronds
  • lemon juice and zest
  • Parmigiano Reggiano shavings
  1. If your fennel bulbs have stalks and fronds on them, then you'll want to trim them off.
  2. Cut off any hard and inedible outer parts.
  3. Trim a tiny bit off the bottom, the core helps to keep your slices in tact.
  4. Holding your fennel bulb upright cut ¼ inch slices vertically from top to bottom.
  5. Brush each side with olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  6. Place slices on a medium hot grill turning until you get a nice char on each side and fennel is tender to the touch.
  7. Whisk together the lemon, olive oil, herbs and zest adding salt and pepper to taste, then drizzle all over.
  8. Garnish with the shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano.
  9. Delicious slightly warm or at room temperature.


oooh, fennel is my favorite! I have been roasting it all winter, and now plan on grilling it!
I love that you kept some of the beautiful fronds attached!

Making this over the weekend for sure!

Just back from a BIG shop! Delighted to find fennel tho’ I had no particular dish in mind – perhaps an orange/mint salad in spite of the increasing cold in my part of Australia! Saw this, decided on it for it for the weekend – and thank you! Looks yumeocious [yep, probably no such word 🙂 !] !!

Cindy, start with the juice of one lemon then whisk in 2 tablespoons of oil, it all depends how much your making, otherwise you can squeeze lemon on each fennel slice then go back and drizzle each one with olive oil, sprinkle your herbs around.

What a great dish! The folks who shy away from fennel are really missing a treat. As much as I enjoy it raw, I also love it grilled, and this just sounds great. I have to try it. Thanks!

I am so excited to make this! It’s the perfect summer grilled veggie recipe, in my opinion. I found it through “31 Amazing things to Cook in August” I look forward to exploring other recipes on your site. Lisa

What a wonderful recipe! I did it tonight as a side for our grilled cheese sandwiches to celebrate both National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day AND National Licorice Day! (I also popped a few pieces of Panda licorice into my mouth at some point for some extra celebration. :o)

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