Fennel, Radish and Pea Mint Salad

When I go to the farmers’ markets these days, I pick out the produce that calls to me with it’s shape, colour and texture.  I don’t really have a plan in mind until I get home and look at all the goodies in my bag.  That’s how this little beauty was born.  Simply by choosing the  healthy ingredients that complement and enhance one another.

Fennel, Radish and Pea Mint Salad | Simply Fresh Dinners

It couldn’t be any easier.  Fennel, radish, peas and mint.  A very light dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and mustard completes it.  This pretty little appetizer or side salad is ready in 10 minutes.

Fennel is such an under-used vegetable and I’m not sure why.  When used raw the cold, crisp texture is irresistible.  By slicing the bulb thinly, it’s the perfect addition to salads and slaws.  If you caramelize it, it tastes like licorice candy.  Sauteed and grilled is a great option too.  The fronds are inedible but some say they make a pretty garnish.  Personally, I’m not putting anything on my plate that I can’t eat!

Here’s short video on how to slice up fennel if you’re a first timer.

When I saw these D’Avignon (or French Breakfast) radishes I knew they had to come home with me.  I’m a sucker for a pink vegetable!  These have edible flowers and are great in soups, salads, vinaigrettes, pastas or on fish.  You can use any type though and when they’re cut they look the same.

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Summer is just great, isn’t it?  Dinner can be ready in 20 minutes, it’s super colourful and it’s just busting with nutrition.  Fennel contains Vitamin A and C as well as potassium and calcium.  Radishes are high in Vitamin C and contain calcium as well.  And those pretty little peas are chock full of Vitamin B1, C and K.  Check here to read more about the amazing pea!

Fennel, Radish and Pea Mint Salad | Simply Fresh Dinners

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Fennel, Radish and Pea Mint Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Fresh produce from the farmer’s market makes for a colorful, crisp salad packed with nutrients. Fennel, radishes, and peas are enhanced with mint and a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and whole-grain mustard.
  • 1 fennel bulb, washed, cored and sliced thinly (see video)
  • 6 radishes, washed and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups peas, washed and trimmed
  • handful of fresh mint
  • Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  1. Combine ingredients in medium sized bowl.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in small bowl and drizzle over salad. Serve.

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A crisp, colourful salad with all the best nutrients from Simply Fresh Dinners!


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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    July 7, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I still shy away from fennel, so I love seeing recipes using it for more lovely ideas!
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      July 7, 2016 at 6:58 am

      Why do you shy away, Rebecca? You try EVERYTHING!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    July 7, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Absolutely beautiful!! Love simple, fresh plates like this 🙂
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      July 10, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Aren’t they fun, Jennifer? We’re so far behind on the fresh produce this year but I’m loving every minute of it 🙂
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    July 7, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Almost too pretty to eat Robyn, looks like a work of art. I bet this salad is delicious with those beautiful fresh seasonal veggies.
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      July 10, 2016 at 5:58 am

      Thanks, Cheri! I know you’re having fun with your seasonal produce too. Best time of year!

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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    July 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Your blog is like veggie porn!

    I love simple dressings like this one– because really, if you have fresh produce, why would you need more?!
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      July 10, 2016 at 7:18 am

      LOL, Michelle, I love that! I may borrow that for some marketing purposes! I love simple too especially with food straight from the field. You and I are always on the same food page 🙂

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    July 9, 2016 at 11:21 am

    What a pretty salad! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      July 10, 2016 at 6:05 am

      Thanks, Edye, and thanks for visiting!

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    July 9, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    HI Robyn,
    I love fresh peas in salads. I have making fresh salads greens with the sweet sugar peas in the salads but unfortunately they are about going for the year. This salad looks wonderful and so healthy. hanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
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      July 10, 2016 at 6:01 am

      We’re so far behind this year, Marla, our peas are just coming into season! Thanks so much for the feature this week. Love that you have such an informative blog and invite others to share 🙂

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    Anita Rivera
    July 10, 2016 at 6:07 am

    WHOAH….I MISSED THIS?????????

    There is more than enough inspiration in your library from which to choose my dearest friend! Last night, we viewed a documentary that left us both wondering if we should adopt a VEGAN diet. If we at least were more conscientious about it, there would be NO WANT for ideas. I can come HERE!

    Dear one, seeing your comment on my blog post was such a special moment, truly. You have been a huge factor in my PROCESS in my artistic adventure. I can’t wait to chat!

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      July 10, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      LOL, Anita, you’ve been very busy! I don’t expect you to comment on every single post, you know! I have often pondered going vegan but I can’t give up fish or cheese so that’s out. I was a pescatarian for many years but now I eat meat again too. I think if you have fresh produce free of antibiotics and all the nonsense they put in the poor animals these days, it’s a safe bet. But yes, I do have a lot of vegetarian and vegan recipes – especially in the summer 🙂

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    Anita Rivera
    July 11, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Hello my friend! Like you, I’d like to go vegan, but I can’t give up my Icelandic yogurt that is like CREAM CHEESE! I don’t do eggs often, and I don’t do red meat, but for Pete’s sake, I gotta have my chicken and ground turkey!

    I do eat loads of vegetables and fruits, nuts and all the unprocessed foods I can manage. What’s on your plate today?

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    July 12, 2016 at 8:17 am

    This looks amazing and I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing and linking up on Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

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    Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat
    July 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Farmers’ Markets are so much fun! This salad looks so amazing – the colors are stunning and it just speaks summer refreshment! Not to mention, I have an affinity for radishes! 🙂 Can’t wait to try this!

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    July 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Your dishes looks so pretty!
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    Demeter | Beaming Baker
    July 26, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Robyn, this salad looks so perfectly fresh and delicious! I love the combo of fennel, radish, peas and mint. Mint always adds such a cool and delightful element to salads. 🙂 Also, funny thing–these beautiful photos totally reminded me of when you posted on FB about the retro look versus the normal look. I gotta say, I love your photos just like this! The colors really shine through and make me want to dig right in. 🙂 Hope you’re having an awesome week!
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      July 27, 2016 at 8:03 am

      Oh, thanks so much, Demeter! I’m having so much fun at the farmer’s markets this summer. I’m so torn about the retro thing, lol. It’s very clear that everyone prefers the traditional style so I’ll stay with it but I have to say I’m really drawn to the other. Maybe I’ll sneak one in now and then, lol. My week IS awesome! I hope yours is too 🙂

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