Beach Cottage Recipe Fennel Salad

Wed 19th, Sep, 2012

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Bing bong Beach Cottage ladies, it’s Beach Cottage Too Easy recipe time! 

Don’t you just love that whole thing…a Too Easy Recipe…my lovely husband Mr Beach Cottage came up with that term in the early days of recipes on this blog…easy little things that I make that are indeed a no-brainer, so very much too easy Smile


Now, know this : if you fancy a seachange, take yourself to the other side of the world to live by the beach and find yourself Down Under, you need salads, you need ‘em quick and you need ‘em impressive…

….there’s one thing I have learnt here with this climate, with the old barbie cooking, with outdoor entertaining…you need to have good salads that not only taste good but behave themselves..a wilting salad at an Australian barbecue you do not want…

Which leads me to this..but I must just say here that this is far from a recipe…to be quite frank, if you can cut up a vegetable, grind a bit of salt and pour oil then you can make this.


As ever though with recipes on this here blog, this makes you look like a Domestic Dudette when really you have been spending way too much time reading blogs and soaking in the bath…now we don’t need to tell anyone that…it’s our little secret…

This needs no fancy equipment, no long drawn-out trips to far-flung speciality shops and it certainly does not cost a fortune…I will say though that if you are serving this to guests you will, for the best presentation scenario, need to find yourself a bit of a super vintage platter..because though this has about it, somehow, the taste of the exotic, it does errrr ever-so-slightly on the side of un-appetising when served on a white plate…trust me here, I am the queen of white, but, when making this you need some colour about your person.

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Beach Cottage Recipe

Fennel Salad

1 x large bulb of fennel

olive oil

lemon juice

salt and pepper


1. very finely slice the fennel and add to platter

2. dress with olive oil and squeeze of juice from half the lemon

3. generously season with salt & pepper

4. add a few strands of the fennel fronds and some lemon



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This may seem like too simple a recipe, you may think that this could not possibly be that nice..but girlfriends, you know me, always looking for the easy way out in life and this is just that…serve up a big platter of this on a vintage fancy plate and not only is it impressive it tastes that way too…

While I was taking the photos for this on Sunday (we had it with lasagne) I felt perhaps that this was too simple to include on the blog but then thought that this is so much part of the things that I ‘cook’ in this old cottage, that I couldn’t really not include it here…


This is very much that salad that you need up your sleeve to serve with a simple meat or something that you have thrown in your slow-cooker, when you have invited people over in a flurry of friendship at the beginning of the week and by Friday, after a long week of kiddos sport, of husbands, of cleaning toilets and picking up laundry you wonder quite why you asked them again, you begin to hate the thought of them entering your abode and you start to concoct all sorts of strange illnesses so you can cop-out.

But instead of all that, trust me, just make this.

I’ll be off, I have a billion and one pieces of furniture calling my name here people ….



oh don’t miss Barls, he blogged here today xo


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31 Responses to “Beach Cottage Recipe Fennel Salad”

  1. Gotta try this….I am all about easy in the kitchen.

  2. I’ve never had Fennel! this looks very interesting, I shall try it.

  3. Thanks Sarah- I do think the English have that *certain glam way* with fennel!!

    Just took an snap of the recipe and heading to Harris Farm this morning- perfect with our pork tonight!

    Melissa x

  4. Melinda says:

    BIG fennel fan – delicious.
    I also like it tossed into a rocket pear and parmesan salad :) ….. or roasted…

    Your salad looks perfect on the red floral patttern scattered with green fronds – very pretty indeed.
    Made your carrot and lentil soup for dinner last night ( stovetop) and it went down a treat – thankyou for that one.

    Have a lovely day xx

  5. DeAna says:

    Going to the store for fennel one day this week (or next). hoping some of the picky eaters here will dig it. We’re in a dinner idea rut at this house. Good on ya. ;)

  6. laurie says:

    I’ve never tasted fennel, Sarah, but The Husband and I have talked about growing it in our garden next year. This salad looks so deliciously healthy! How else can you use it?

    xoxo laurie

    • lg says:

      Cut it into quarters and throw it in with the other vegies that you are serving with a roast dinner – pork, beef, lamb. Delish. Only thing to remember it can discolour after it’s cut, so either do it just before you put in the oven or rub with lemon juice to prevent the discolouring. lgxx

    • sarah says:

      yeah I roast it too, but I love it like this, it’s such a no-brainer…a very distinctive taste though…x

  7. Emma says:

    KISS – Keep It Simple Sweetie!
    That’s the way I/we like it, uhuh?!
    Can’t get much better than this – will be using it for sure this summer. Thanks!

  8. Alice says:

    lol…. Reading that last part when you start to change your mind… Sarah it was like you were inside my head! My hubby thinks I am crazy and we often argue about the fact that I don’t socialise much (at all actually).. He doesn’t think it is healthy…. Me … Well I don’t know why….. But it doesn’t feel strange (very reserved personality here, I am pretty sure I could put the english to shame lol!) to me (to be honest I don’t even know how I wound up married with kids, or have friends at all…I am seriously that bad)… Unlike you I actually do scumb to making very poor excuses to get out of it (husband is never too impressed ofcourse)…

    I am not a fan of fennel but am always willing to give it a go if the dressing makes it taste better (though I have made a delicioius potato and feenl soup in the past that was to die for)… Since fennel is one of the few “approved” things I am allowed to eat I really should give this a go!

    • sarah says:

      I hear you…I think if you keep it simple and take the brain power and stressy stuff out of it then it works…I have learnt to serve simple things that can be prepared earlier in the day and get the beer out early hahah x

  9. Jenny says:

    Yum! Your posts always make me feel good! Will definitely try this once the weather in my part of the world warms up a little (WAAAY down south in NZ :} ). I just had the most HORRENDOUS half-hour on the phone with the incredibly incompetent billing dept of our local telecoms provider (all sorted now – FINALLY!!!) so a little stroll thru the serene, pale and filmy beauty of BC land brought my blood pressure back to within normal limits – thank you!!!!

    • sarah says:

      oh those telecom providers in this part of the world are shocking…they just wouldn’t get away with it anywhere else, makes me MAD!

  10. Jenny says:

    PS: the carrot & red lentil soup was a definite winner! Hubby (lentil-hater extaordinaire) said it was possibly the best soup he’d ever tasted! Those lentils will be our little secret……looks just like more carrot!

  11. alison says:

    “flurry of friendship”… been there, done that. So true. By the time the event arrives you’re thinking “What was I thinking??!!!”

    My favourite salad atm is pear/parmesan/rocket/balsamic dressing. It’s almost a bit old hat now but I continue to love it because it’s so easy to prepare. One of my sons-in-law thinks grated parmesan creates a better flavour distribution than shaved and I kinda agree.


  12. Rochelle says:

    Goodness I can so relate to that. Having the best intentions to invite friends over and by Thursday you are thinking, why did I do it. Too much to do and too little time. Love it! Thanks for the post!

  13. rachel says:

    Where did you get those super cute spoons?

  14. ashlee says:

    hi sarah,

    i was wondering if you could give me a piece of advice. you may have already answered this question somewhere along the way and perhaps i’ve missed it :)

    what influenced your decision to eliminate family/friends photos from your walls? i just love the simplicity of your walls! they look so beautiful just the way they are. but i’ve got so many family photos – part of me wants to display them for the world to see, another part of me wants to keep the walls clean & free of clutter. i’m really on the fence. what do you think?

    • sarah says:

      Hi Ashlee

      Well I didn’t really make a decision to do this but I don’t really have any art or frames on my walls b/c I have never really liked the look of it…I prefer old doors and ladders stuff like that as ‘art’

      However I do have pics of my kiddos around in frames that sit here and there…so it’s all a bit more casual…plus I stick them up in places with tape.

      Hope that helps x

  15. Kathleen says:

    Ah yes, the question is WHERE did you get polka dot SPOONS?!? Really cute and FUN.

  16. merilyn says:

    thankyou for sharing …
    great salad sarah, love fennel … i added roasted capsicum in strips, chick peas and strips of grilled chicken … absolutely delicious and healthy (as your recipes usually are.) mine was in a white bowl and i added a few green herbs and the colours were beautiful … i’m an artist and i know these things. lol m