I'm a sucker for a good pickle, especially a pickle that's not made out of a cucumber. I've seen tons of fancy pickles — okra, string beans, watermelon, peaches — I don't think I've ever seen pickled fennel. So I made some because fennel seems to be begging for a pickling. It's cripsy, it's crunchy, it goes great on salads, in slaws, on sandwiches. Plus, it's seeds are perfect for brine, just upping the fennel ante. No other vegetable can say that.
These are so easy and so versatile. I made these like pickle spears so I can eat them alone or serve with a sandwich. Slice the fennel thinly like you would for a slaw if you want a quick pickle or to use them as sandwich toppers. Toss them in a salad, eat them with some stinky cheese, or just munch on them for a refreshing snack.
Click here for this recipe: http://food52.com/recipes/21353-fennel-pickles