Meatless Monday: Fresh Fennel & Avocado Salad

By: Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Every Thursday I pick up our CSA farm share box and can’t wait to see all the goodies waiting inside for us.  This week we had some amazing fresh veggies and herbs that go so well together and make for a perfect, quick and easy no-cook meal in the sweltering heat of summer.

Vegetables from each color of the rainbow contain unique pigment based phytonutrients.  Red cabbage is also a member of the cruciferous vegetable family which boasts nutrients to help the liver with natural detoxification process.  Fennel provides potassium and a phytonutrient called anethole, which in research has demonstrated important health promoting properties like reducing inflammation.  Like the orange in this salad, fennel also contains the important antioxidant, vitamin C.

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  • 1/4 cup fennel, sliced
  • 1 small wedge red cabbage
  • 1/2 orange, sections
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 1/2 cups lettuce

Dressing (this will make enough for 4 servings):

  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp honey
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


To assemble salad…

  1. Wash fennel, cabbage, basil, lettuce.
  2. Slice fennel into thin slices (I used a mandolin).
  3. Slice cabbage into thin slices.
  4. Peel orange and separate into sections.  Remove white pith.
  5. Cut avocado in half.  Remove flesh with a spoon then slice.  Save other half with pit in the refrigerator.
  6. Chop lettuce and add to bowl.
  7. Arrange cabbage, fennel, orange and avocado slices.

To make dressing…

  1. Place basil leaves into blender or food processor.
  2. Chop garlic and add to blender.
  3. Add honey, olive oil and vinegar to blender.
  4. Squeeze lemon juice into blender.
  5. Add salt and pepper to blender.
  6. Blend well.
  7. Spoon about 2 tbsp of dressing onto salad.  Save remainder of dressing in the refrigerator.


  • Red cabbage – green cabbage
  • Fennel – ginger
  • Oranges – grapefruit
  • Avocado – zucchini
  • Honey – pure maple syrup

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories430
  • Fat29g
  • Saturated Fat4g
  • Cholesterol0mg
  • Sodium115mg
  • Carbohydrates43g
  • Fiber17g
  • Sugars18g
  • Protein 9g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and an Integrative Nutritionist. She consults for various companies, focusing on health, wellness and innovative strategies to help increase individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist; she holds a BS degree in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA, with more than 20 years of experience. Stacy created and now serves as project manager and lead writer for nutrition services content on the Dana Farber website and the affiliated, nationally recognized nutrition app. Stacy is regularly featured on TV, radio, print and social media on behalf of Dana Farber and other organizations. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC. Stacy is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Health Coaching at William James College, currently teaching a graduate course in Health Coaching. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2,” and serves on the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. Stacy lives in Wellesley with her husband, two sons and three dogs. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Stacy is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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