Fennel and Arugula Salad with Hot Tomato Dressing

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins

This salad, with its grilled fennel, sweet tomato dressing and peppery arugula, goes perfectly with grilled fish or meat. You can make the dressing and grilled fennel ahead, then reheat before serving.


1-- fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into ½-inch slices
3tablespoons olive oil, divided
1cup cherry tomatoes
1/4cup balsamic vinegar
2cloves garlic, chopped
1/2teaspoon dried thyme
2cups arugula


  1. Steam fennel, covered, about 7 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in grill pan over medium-high heat. Add fennel, and cook 4 minutes on each side or until charred.
  3. Place tomatoes in small skillet over medium heat. Add vinegar, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic and thyme. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and cook until tomatoes burst. Mash with a fork or potato masher. (Be careful not to overcook and let liquids evaporate.)
  4. Divide arugula among 4 plates. Top with fennel and spoon hot tomato dressing over the top.

Recipe by Chef Jon Ashton


Find out more about using arugula in salads from Relish Cooking Show Chef Brian Morris.

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Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 130
  • Fat 10g
  • Saturated Fat 1.5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 7g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 40mg
  • Potassium 390mg
  • Carbohydrate 9g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 4g
  • Protein 1g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 15%
  • Vitamin C 25%
  • Calcium 6%
  • Iron 6%