National Salad Month | Arugula & Caramelized Fennel Salad with Toasted Breadcrumbs

headshotThis creative salad was created by Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, RYT, a nutrition coach, consultant, yoga teacher and food bloggger at TheFoodie Dietitian. Several months ago, I sat next to Kara at a professional meeting. She was very busy on her computer during breaks. One glance at her computer and I was her fan. She was reviewing a series of photographs – mouthwatering photographs! And all were of recipes that she both created and photographed. And now, we are lucky to have her Arugula & Caramelized Fennel Salad with Toasted Breadcrumbs for my National Salad Month series. 

Arugula & Caramelized Fennel Salad with Toasted Breadcrumbs

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Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, RYT


  • 1 bulb fennel, halved and cut into 1/2 inch wedges
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax crackers (1/2 sleeve)
  • 1 bunch arugula (roughly 4 cups)
  • 1/4 c shaved pecorino romano
  • Fennel fronds, for garnish


  • Juice of one lemon (2 tbsp)
  • 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp of freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss fennel with 1 tbsp oil, salt, and pepper, and place onto baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until fennel is caramelized. Let fennel cool to room temperature.
  • Add the Breton Gluten Free Original with Flax crackers to a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs are formed (yield: roughly 3/4 cup crumbs). Heat remaining 1 tbsp oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add crumbs and stir frequently until crumbs are golden brown and crispy, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add arugula, fennel, and cheese to a large bowl. Add dressing and toss to combine. Before serving, top with breadcrumbs and fennel fronds for garnish.



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