A white rectangular plate containing arugula salad with fennel and navel orange.

Arugula Salad with Fennel and Navel Orange

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: arugula salad, orange vinaigrette
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Nami
Refreshing arugula salad with flavorful fennel and sweet navel orange accompanied by a delightful champagne vinegar dressing.


  • 3 Tbsp walnuts (23 g = 0.8 oz)
  • 1-2 navel oranges
  • ½ fennel bulb
  • 1 Tbsp fennel fronds (optional)
  • 1.5 oz arugula (43 g)


  • ½ Tbsp juice from the navel orange
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp champagne vinegar
  • kosher/sea salt (use half for table salt)
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Gather all the ingredients.

    Arugula, Fennel, and Navel Orange Salad Ingredients
  2. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and toast the walnuts, stirring frequently, until they smell fragrant. Transfer the walnuts to a plate and set aside.

    Arugula, Fennel, and Navel Orange Salad 1
  3. In a small bowl, squeeze ½ Tbsp of navel orange juice and set aside. Peel the navel oranges and cut the orange in half crosswise and slice into ½” thick half-moon slices.

    Arugula, Fennel, and Navel Orange Salad 2
  4. To make the dressing, whisk together ½ Tbsp navel orange juice (from the previous step), 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, and 1 Tbsp. champagne vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

    Arugula, Fennel, and Navel Orange Salad 3
  5. Cut off the stems and feathery fronds of the fennel bulb and remove any bruised or discolored outer layers. Save some fronds for garnish. Cut the bulb in half lengthwise and cut out any tough core parts. Cut the fennel bulb crosswise into thin slices.
    Arugula, Fennel, and Navel Orange Salad 4
  6. Add the arugula and fennel in a large bowl and add the dressing. Toss gently to coat thoroughly. Arrange the salad on a plate and arrange the orange slices. Sprinkle walnuts and fennel fronds. Serve immediately.
    Arugula, Fennel, and Navel Orange Salad 5

Recipe Notes

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.