Garden Fennel Carrot Salad (with video)

Garden harvested Fennel bulbs, Carrot roots and sour cherries, with a Mediterranean twist in flavors, for the best garden Salad.

Refreshing Fennel and Carrot Salad
Refreshing Fennel and Carrot Salad

Fennel and Carrots – The Roots In Our Garden

On a whim, one spring day, I planted fennel seeds in my garden.

Fast forward eight years later, and this beautifully fragrant plant returns year after year.

And so, I tried my hand at carrot seeds next.

While they don’t return year after year, they are easy to grow and between the two, this salad was inspired.

Fennel brings the refreshing flavors, carrots – the substance, and the addition of dried sour cherries is… well, the cherry on top!

Garden Salads For Summertime Meals

What could be a more refreshing dish to compliment your favorite grilled dishes, deck dinners, or even to-go salads for picnics, beach or boating!

For a casual garden party or meals on the go, try layering this salad, with dressing on the bottom, in small Mason Jars for easy serving.

If you tried me vast variety of Lunch In A Jar you will agree, this salad fits the style perfectly, in appearance and flavor.

Carrots In My Garden
Carrots In My Garden

The Whimsy Of Carrots In My Garden

 I am rather new to gardening but I can’t express the excitement I feel when I put tiny seeds in the ground and they actually grow.

Half expecting the rabbits to devour my carrots before I could, I was surprised when they didn’t.

So I now grow them every year for so many delicious recipes inspired by their beauty and flavor.

Carrot Risotto
Carrot Risotto

Yes, carrots are available nearly year round, but we particularly enjoy their crisp freshness with our favorite grilled dishes.

Homegrown Carrots Are So Easy To Grow
Homegrown Carrots Are So Easy To Grow

New Surprises With Fennel In My Garden

When I first planted fennel, how was I to know that one type of fennel produces a bulb while the other doesn’t.

Now I have both planted and enjoy their licorice, almost marshmallow flavor in a variety of recipes.

However, I made a new discovery this year that really surprised me.

Fennel Pollen, apparently is a culinary ‘thing’ I have only just discovered.

And so now, I harvest the pollen from those beautiful starburst fennel flowers, dry them and use them in delicious new ways.

Who knew a small amount of fennel pollen was so darn expensive, much like saffron!

Fennel Pollen Ice Cream
Fennel Pollen Ice Cream

Ingredients Needed

  • Fennel
  • Carrots
  • Parsley
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Sesame seeds
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Dried sour cherries
Fennel and Carrot Salad Ingredients
Fennel and Carrot Salad Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Measuring spoons
  • Garlic press
Garden Fennel Carrot Salad

Garden Fennel Carrot Salad

Garden harvested Fennel bulbs, carrot roots and sour cherries made into the best ‘garden’ salad ever. 
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Course: Salads and Veggies
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Fennel Carrot Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • Cutting board and knife
  • Vegetable peeler


  • 2 cups Fennel
  • 2 cups Carrots
  • 2 tbsp  Fresh Parsley
  • 1 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1  Garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp  Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tbsp  Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Dried sour cherries


  • Chop the fennel bulb into thin slivers, saving a few fronds for garnish.
  • Peel and slice the carrots in the same size slivers as the fennel.
  • In the bottom of a medium size mixing bowl, whisk the lemon juice, olive oil and crushed garlic.
  • Add the fennel and carrots to the bowl and toss to coat the vegetables.
  • Add roughly chopped parsley, sesame seeds, salt and cherries and lightly toss again.
  • Portion the salad into two bowls, place fennel fronds on top and serve.


Garden Fennel and Carrot Salad
Garden Fennel and Carrot Salad
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