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Fennel, Arugula, and Pea Tendril Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
Fennel, Arugula, and Pea Tendril Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Bright, fresh, peppery, sweet, and crunchy are all ways to describe this quintessentially spring salad. Pea tendrils are the curly thread-like tops of a pea shoot that help the plant climb. In abundance in the spring after peas are first planted, they have a delicate crisp texture with a pea-like flavor. Combined with peppery arugula and the licorice flavor of the fennel, the sweet orange dressing brings this salad together in perfect springtime harmony.


2 large fennel bulbs, sliced thinly

Juice of 1½ oranges (about ⅓ cup)

½ tablespoon maple or date syrup

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

½ tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 garlic clove, minced

Freshly ground pepper

4 cups arugula leaves

2 cups loosely packed pea tendrils

  1. Place the thinly sliced fennel into a bowl filled with ice water for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, to a small, lidded jar, add the orange juice, maple or date syrup, vinegar, mustard, garlic, and a few grinds of pepper. Cover and shake vigorously until well-blended; set aside.
  3. On a large platter or in a shallow bowl, place the arugula and top it with the pea tendrils. Drain and dry the fennel with a towel or in a salad spinner, and place on top of the greens. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve immediately.
Felicia Slattery
Felicia Slattery

Felicia Slattery is the best-selling author of Plant-Based Slow Cooker Cookbook and Plant-Based Instant Pot Cookbook and an award-winning home cook. She has been actively sharing her recipes on social media and her food blog for well over a decade. Since shifting to a completely plant-based diet, she has become a popular guest on plant-based cooking shows, speaks at plant-based events with her fun and energetic cooking demos, and teaches online cooking classes to both those new to plant-based eating and long-time vegans alike. She is the creator of, and she regularly shares her recipes and stories to help others discover the joy of living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle in her Facebook group and on her YouTube channel, both called Plant-Based Home Cooking with Felicia Slattery.

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