A close up shot of the colorful fennel salad consisting of olives, cauliflower, fennel, cherry tomatoes, fresh oregano, fennel fronds and lemon zest.

Cauliflower Fennel Salad

This make-ahead Lemon Fennel Salad recipe is perfect for potlucks or buffet parties. The tangy vinaigrette turns this simple salad into a taste sensation!
Course Salad
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword fennel and cauliflower salad, fennel salad recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 246kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 1 head cauliflower separated in florets
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 1 head fennel chopped
  • 1 cup olives green and/or black
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved


  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley fresh
  • 2 teaspoons oregano minced, fresh or 1 teaspoon dry
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a non-reactive bowl, pour boiling water over the cauliflower and lemon and allow to stand together for about 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette together in a mason jar. Set aside.
  • Drain water from cauliflower and lemons and place in a non-reactive mixing bowl.
  • Add the fennel.
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables and toss everything together.
  • Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or up to 2 days in an airtight container.
  • Just before serving, add sliced tomatoes and toss together.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Garnish with fennel fronds and serve.


There is an idle refrigeration time of 2 hours in order for the flavors to marinate.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 
*adapted from Canadian Living


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Vitamin C: 73.7mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1.7mg