Food Monday ~ Fennel Salad

I love Fennel, steamed, roasted and raw.  Today I have a salad with the uncooked variety.

Fennel with Radish and New Potatoes.

Serves 4

  • 500g new potatoes
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 bunch of radishes
  • 3 tablespoons of French Dressing

Cook the potatoes in their skins in boiling salted water, with one sprig of mint for 15 to 20 minutes.  Drain well.  Finelly slice the fennel, radishes and potatoes.  Chop the remaining mint leaves.  Put the  fennel, radishes, potatoes and mint in a salad bowl.  Pour over the dressing while the potatoes are still warm and toss well.

30 thoughts on “Food Monday ~ Fennel Salad

  1. steph

    You’ve convinced me, GM

    I’ve never used fennel but this really sounds delicious. We have our own home-grown spuds and radishes at the moment so no excuse!

    Hubby will be dispatched forthwith to purchase a fennel bulb 🙂

  2. Grannymar Post author


    Welcome on board. No worries about the spelling I forever make spelling mistakes. Your ‘Meat Free Monday’ recipe sounds tasty.

  3. Nancy


    When my children were babies,if they had colic or any other digestive distress, my MIL would make a warm drink out of fennel. She called it Fennel Tea and it was really effective. She would put the warm tea in a baby bottle and feed it to the baby who would almost immediately be comforted and would go to sleep. Also, read below from Wikipedia:

    Fennel seed treatment claimed effective to prevent SWINE FLU.. Staff Report Published: July 05, 2009, 08:53.

    Sharjah: Drinking a decoction made of fennel seeds soaked in warm water first thing in the morning could prevent you from catching SWINE FLU says a study published in a Chinese medical research magazine.

    According to report published in Al Khaleej a local Arabic daily, the study has resulted in an increase of fennel seeds sales by 50 per cent in some Asian countries.

    The report read that similar increase in sales was also visible in countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

    The fennel seed warm drink is being distributed to people who are making pilgrimage to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

  4. steph

    @ Nancy

    Since the recent surgery on my head, I’ve been prescribed a daily sinus rinse-out treatment. Recently, I read that this same sinus rinse mixture (sodium and bicarbonate of soda) is effective against swine flu.

    Do you think… if I used fennel tea in the sinus rinse bottle, I’d prevent swine flu and cure my digestive distress? 😉

  5. Magpie11

    Fennel, Radishes and spuds…mm! But mint?

    I love fennel…in salads or braised, like celery hearts…..

    Have just heard that it may help reduce cholesterol…I need that!

    I wonder if the seeds are from the same species as Florence fennel?

  6. Nancy

    Yes, Steph, you have hit on a great idea! I say that you should mix the Fennel Tea with the Sodium and Bicarbonate of Soda, add a dash of Scotch and a smidgen of Vermouth. Stir, not shake,this mixture., then :

    Add one Prozac and one Immodium and a pint of Pepto Bismol and your head trouble and your digestive trouble will be a thing of the past….

    Actually, Steph, you might still have some small problems but Hey! You won’t care…..

  7. peter donegan

    A Chara GM,

    the more common fennel or Foeniculum vulgare has a smaller bulb – and if that be the plant part of choice then it is better to opt for the Foeniculum vulgare dulce – a more cultivate variety.

    My latin abilities aside – the fennel seeds have been noted for their abilities to cure ‘wind’. The seeds are moreso recognised for their ‘digestive properties’ and often served at the end of meals. [i myself have been served these at the end of an indian meal when in brussels once]

    After this there are no noted medicinal properties on record of the fennel plant apart from that herbalists are extremely fond of it.

    Introduced by the romans. all parts of the plant are edible. generally flowers from june to october – when after the seeds should be collected.

    slán go foill 😉

  8. Grannymar Post author

    Howya Peter,

    I knew you you would sort this lot out. If you only knew the trouble I have with that Steph, Magpie and Nancy giggling round the back of the bike shed, never mind the back of the class room! I was busy making a large pot of limeflower tea to calm them down, when you called. I hope that helps. 🙄



  9. Grannymar Post author

    Now Children…

    @Maynard – I fancy a fresh tomato sandwich with plenty of pepper on it right now… no butter by the way for me!

    @Nancy – You better take a look at what Uncle Peter has to say… He’s an expert you know… Gm only knows the best people! 😉

    @Steph – No mixing your drinks now please, and go easy on the singing!

    @Magpie – Are you any good at the latin? I only know two languages and the other one I am not allowed to use here. 😉

  10. bikehikebabe

    I spotted a woman in a crowd that outshone everyone. She said to use fennel seed to make tea & soak your hair, for a big healthy shine. I bought a pound. It dripped (& smelled) so that I slept in the bathtub. –My hair didn’t shine like hers.

    About your recipe: 500 potatoes is too much for one family.

  11. Maynard

    FYI____”Fennel has aided many woman with health issues. It will relax the uterus and promote natural breast enhancement. Fennel is also used to treat hormonal imbalance which causes PMS, menopause, and low libido, and to stimulate menstruation and milk production in nursing mothers. ” Googles words, not mind!

  12. Maynard

    Ladies, I have three big greenhouses–I can grow as much “fennel” as you would like. Shipping will be free.

  13. steph

    @ Maynard

    Thanks a bunch.

    I never saw that information written on a packet of fennel tea!

    I think I’ve reached the stage of life where Nancy’s concoction might have more impact 🙄

  14. Grannymar Post author

    @BHB – I have heard of beer to condition my hair but never fennel, after this it will only be used for eating. By the way it was 500 grammes of potatoes and new ones are small. 500 large potatoes were about the number I peeled everyday when I was growing up…. It was after the Famine and we had plenty! 🙄

    @Steph – I would worry about what would sprout after that combination. 😉 @Peter don’t mind her; she’s jealous ’cause you’re my toyboy! 😀

    @Maynard – You studied the subject well ❓ Fennel is the new cure-all so! Remember I get commission on any orders!

    @Steph – One of these years we will have a Nancy Party. I wonder when she is coming over next?

  15. Magpie11

    No Latin…… as for Scientific names of plants….one pedant on the staff of my last school would always reprimand me for using the term “Latin name” when referring to plants or animals….mind you he couldn’t tell the difference between Atropa belladonna and Solanum nigrum (deadly and Black Nighshades)….. there’s a whole theory of nutrition that says we shouldn’t eat Solanums…eg Potatoes and tomatoes apparently.

    Gerard wrote ‘Fennel seede drunke assuageth the paine of the stomache, and the wambling of the same, or desire to vomite, and breaketh winde.

    I’ve also found out that it keeps witches away! And flies from horses!

  16. Magpie11

    foenum = hay……

    This is becoming almost obsessive! The more I find out the more fascinating it becomes!

    My radishes have bolted. has any one a recipe for using the seed pods? I’m sure they must be tasty!

  17. Maynard

    Bhb, if you leave the stickers on–you could massage your head while washing it. That’s a 2 for 1 product.

  18. Grannymar Post author

    @Darlene – I wonder if Nancy tries out all her recipes on Roy?

    @Magpie – Your radishes have bolted! Where did they go? You be careful of these obsessions, I don’t want Lady Magpie fighting with me!

    @BHB- Did your hair turn green?

    @Maynard – Ouch!

  19. Maynard

    Grannymar, I was just looking over you receipe log, and when do you find time to eat all of that fantastic food? Is that where the Toyboys come in? HMMMMM!

  20. Grannymar Post author


    I have tested many a recipe on my Toyboys over the years. 😉 Some come back for second helpings!


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