This is the authentic and traditional Sicilian fennel and orange salad recipe with olives, shallot and olive oil.

Sicilian fennel and orange salad
fennel and orange salad

The fennel and orange salad recipe, in all my Sicilian cookbooks, calls for, alternately, one of these ingredients:

  • olives
  • shallots
  • fennel

and sometimes capers.

That’s how food in Italy and its authenticity works: there are a lot of alternatives (as many as there are regions and families in Italy). And that’s what makes it an infinite foodie experience.

In my house, educated to the island’s flavors by my Sicilian nonna, the dressing for fennel and orange salad is made with all the above (except for capers).


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Sicilian fennel and orange salad

Authentic Italian recipes: the sicilian orange salad with olives, shallot and fennel.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 94 kcal
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project


  • 2 oranges
  • 1-2 fennels
  • 2 tablespoons olives taggiasche
  • 1/2 shallot
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt


  1. Clean and peel the orange and the shallot. Slice them very thinly. Thinly slice the fennel too.
  2. Place everything in a bowl, add the other ingredients, and season with the olive oil and salt to your taste.

  3. Mix and serve.

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After making this delicious fennel and orange salad…


Enjoy your orange salad (I would pair it with lentils)!