Vegan and Gluten-Free and Super Simple to Prepare!

From Laurie Bonacci Abele, NWA Mentor of the Mind-Gut-Guru Coaching Certification

Easter time in my family means fennel will be served in some way.  It is an Easter staple.  Sometimes, there is just a plate of raw, sliced fennel on the table to nibble on throughout the meal. Sometimes it is in beautiful, fresh salad such as this one. Since fennel is considered a digestive aide, it doesn’t hurt to have it around for any holiday meal. 

This spring-inspired salad is not only bright and colorful;  It is so fresh and delightful to the senses. My Mom is notorious for setting a beautiful table for gatherings, and this dish was a welcomed addition for the both eyes and the taste buds.

Recipes in my family are rarely exact, and they are typically handed down through memory.  This is one is no exception.

Here is goes.  You can play around with it which is always fun.  Let us know what variations you come up with.

1-2 large bunches of fresh asparagus (depending on the size of your gathering or family)
1-2 bunches of raw fennel
2-3 TB of extra virgin olive oil (or to taste)
Pinch of fresh or dried tarragon leaves, crumbled or chopped
1-2 TB of any preferred “fruity” vinegar (example, Trader Joe’s champagne vinegar)
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Slightly blanch the asparagus (don’t overcook!) and cut into one-inch pieces.  Slice the fennel into bite-sized slices, including the stems.  Toss all of the vegetables in a serving dish with the ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste.

Note from Dr. LJ:  I also have a few fruit vinegars that would work beautifully with this dish – one is pomegranate and one is blood orange.  This is going on my menu very soon!


LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site,

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

View All Post

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published.