Homemade Italian Balsamic Fennel

fennel recipeThink you haven't tried fennel before? Fennel flavor is also known as anise, which you can find in cookies, liqueur, and many candies. It's an Italian favorite, and a healthy root vegetable that hits its peak stride in the fall and winter months. This homemade Italian balsamic fennel is a great dish to have as an appetizer or side salad. Known for its digestive properties, fennel is often served in Italy at or near the end of the courses to aid in digestion.


* 2 fennel bulbs, sliced
* 6 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
* 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
* Parmesan cheese wedge
* 1/8 teaspoon coarse ground pepper


1. Remove outer layers of the fennel bulb, and halve the bulb. Remove the core, then cut each half into thin slices. Place the fennel in a large salad bowl.

2. Drizzle oil and vinegar over fennel. Slice cheese with a cheese slicer over fennel salad, approximately 12 thin slices.

Serves 4 people, and is great for fall and winter!
Be sure to check out our other Italian recipes:

* Homemade Italian Sausage and Peppers
* Stir Fry Italian Squash
* Homemade Basil Mushroom Spinach Pockets