Fennel and Pear Salad with Chilli Cashews and Avocado

Okay, so this is one literally one of those recipes where I looked in the fridge and was like….Oh my, we don’t have any food in the house except for fennel!  And so….. this recipe was created out of love for the fennel that was staring me back in the face, saying ‘Eat Me, I’m good for you!’  And yes, fennels are very very good for you as they help with indigestion, anaemia, constipation, heart disease, cancer, blood pressure and even brain function and bad breath!  However, I’ve learned that fennel is something you either love or hate.  It’s a super strong aniseed flavour, so quite bold in taste!  However, I’ve found that by mixing fennel with something sweet, like pear and then a bit spicy like the chilli flakes makes this salad not only deliciously nutritious but worth eating!

Serves 4 as a side and 2 for a main dish
1 Fennel
1 avocado
1 pear
1 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. chili flakes
large handful of cashews
1 lime, juiced
handful of fresh mint
Pre-heat the oven to 180C.  Once heated, coat the cashews in some coconut oil, sprinkle with chilli flakes and place in a baking tray and toast for 10 minutes until lightly browned.  Using a mandoline slicer, slice the fennel into thin slices.   De-seed the avocado and cut the avocado into thick chunks.   Place the fennel and avocado in a medium bowl or large plate.  Peel the pear and grate the pear over the fennel and avocado.  Add the lime juice over the salad to keep the pear from browning.  In the meantime, in a pan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil.  Once melted, toast the fennel and cumin seeds for about 3-5 minutes.  Toss the toasted seeds, cashews and fresh mint over the salad and enjoy!
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Would love to hear your comments below so please post away!  And remember to head to www.juliemontagu.com for more healthy eating tips, inspiration, online nutrition courses and of course, my new cookbook SUPERFOODS!
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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Sara says:

    Can not wait to try this! Hopefully the sleat and snow will stop by tomorrow so I can get out for some ingredients!

  2. Always looking for more recipes with fennel, thank you!

  3. Jen says:

    Oooh that looks so good! Yum!

  4. I wish I could like this a million times! So excited to try this, thank you for sharing!!

  5. cjensen31 says:

    I started a healthy eating lifestyle at the beginning of this year, and am now starting to feel like I keep eating the same foods. I am looking for different foods that I have never heard and start getting creative. I can honestly say fennel is one of them… never heard of it. I look forward to picking some up and experimenting with something new!

    1. juliemontagu says:

      That’s great! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  6. lennae87 says:

    This honestly sounds delish!

    Lennae xxx

  7. Love fennel, always got some in the fridge, will have a go at this one tomorrow.

  8. Pratibha says:

    Make the best of what you have. I love the concept. sounds really delicious wish to try. Quick and easy too.

  9. Hi, I love your blog! You have an eye for food styling. X

  10. Karinna says:

    Wow. That recipe sounds delicious!

  11. Yum- this sounds amazing! I love how it almost has an Asian flair to it with the use of chili flakes, mint, and coconut oil. I’ll be following your blog as I try to inch toward eating more veggies and plants ( I have been doing a lot better at this recently- so looking for new recipes!).

    If you like Bloody Marys, feel free to check out some of my recipes!

    Cheers,

    Jess (www.bloodymarytour.org)

  12. chocoholicandcat says:

    This looks great, its the reason I popped over to your blog to see what the ingredients were. I’ll have to try it and serve it up. 😀

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