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Celery, Fennel, and Black Olive Salad with Parmigiano Dressing

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 to 6

This crisp, creamy, and addictively good salad comes together in no time.


  • 3-1/2 cups thinly sliced celery (sliced on the diagonal)
  • 1 small fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 anchovy fillet, minced (optional)
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup oil-cured black olives, pitted and chopped

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 140
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 100
  • Fat (g): 12
  • Saturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 10
  • Sodium (mg): 740
  • Carbohydrates (g): 6
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 5


  • In a large bowl, combine the celery, fennel, and parsley. Season with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper.

    In a small bowl, mix the Parmigiano, mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, and anchovy (if using). Whisk in the oil until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Toss the celery mixture with the dressing, fold in the olives, and serve.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • yummy1 | 05/24/2014

    LOVED this salad! I followed the exact recipe and didn't find I needed more or less of anything. I don't know if you can publish this - but it truly was #amazeballs!:)Thanks again Fine Cooking for another great recipe!

  • lynnebair | 03/12/2013

    Crisp and tasty. We enjoyed this quick and interesting salad as a contrast with pork chops instead of cole slaw. Since one reader said it was bland, I doubled up on the lemon zest and anchovies. It was very good, and the black olives, which I used whole and did not bother to pit, made an attractive addition. I have learned through using many Fine Cooking recipes that a recipe by Scott Phillips is almost guaranteed to be a success!

  • sarah21 | 05/25/2011

    This recipe is deceptively simple and delicious. A great way to use up leftover fennel. I omitted the anchovy, but otherwise made the recipe as written.

  • ElrondVT | 02/28/2011

    Very bland, and not enough dressing. I added more salt and pepper, but still didn't care for it, and I followed the recipe directions exactly. I will not be making it again. My girlfriend loved it, however.

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