Trim the stalks from the fennel bulbs and remove the tough outer layer. Cut the bulbs in half lengthwise and core. Using a mandoline, shave the fennel crosswise; you’ll have about 6 cups. (If you don’t have a mandoline, quarter each bulb and use a vegetable peeler to shave them lengthwise.)
In a medium bowl, toss the fennel with the lemon juice and 1/2 tsp. salt and let sit for 10 minutes. Add half of the almonds and mint and all of the olive oil and toss to combine. Transfer the salad to a platter or divide it among serving plates. Scatter the remaining almonds and mint over the top, finish with a few grinds of pepper, and serve.
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