to be honest, i actually used to detest fennel (anise as we call it) because i cannot stand the taste of black licorice. give me red licorice any day and i'll be happy ;) over the years, as my tastes have changed, i have come to like fennel more and more provided it's mild. the ingredients which make up this fresh salad seem to keep it tame enough for my liking.
the whole thing can be made in less than 5 minutes and is well worth trying. it keeps well for many days in the fridge also.
1 fennel bulb
3 - 4 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper
(good pinch of sugar — optional but i think necessary)
slice the fennel bulb on its side into very thin slices. if the fronds are nice, you can add some of those also (chopped up like you would for dill).
place the fennel in a large bowl and add the oil, salt, pepper and sugar and mix with your hands.
add the lemon juice to taste.
let marinate in the fridge for at least 2 to 3 hours and serve cold or at room temperature. taste and adjust beforehand.