Baby spinach leaves with citrus fruits and crushed pine nuts

Baby spinach leaves with citrus fruits and crushed pine nuts

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Moorish
Serves
4
Photographer
Mark Roper

The good thing about salads is that all they are really about is combining flavours and textures that work well together – and you are limited only by your own imagination.

Here, we just love the salty pigginess of a good prosciutto, with the irony vitality of spinach, the slight bitterness of radicchio and the sour-sweetness of citrus fruits. And the crunchy nuttiness of toasted pine nuts as a garnish is the pièce de résistance. This salad actually works well with any citrus fruits: in season you could use pretty blood oranges, tangelos or ruby grapefruit.

Dressing

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
50g pine nuts, fried until golden brown
80ml extra virgin olive oil
a drizzle honey
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon sumac
200g baby spinach leaves
50g radicchio leaves
1 lemon
1 lime
1 orange
1 avocado
1 purple onion, finely sliced
12 thin slices prosciutto

Method

  1. To make the dressing, roughly crush the pine nuts in a mortar – you aren’t aiming for a fine powder, but rather a crunchy mess of rough golden crumbs. Mix the pine nuts with the remaining dressing ingredients and whisk well.
  2. Pick the stalks off the spinach leaves, then wash and dry thoroughly. Separate the radicchio leaves, wash and dry them well and then tear roughly into smallish pieces.
  3. Peel the citrus fruits and, using a very sharp knife, carefully slice each segment out of its skin casing.
  4. Peel the avocado, remove the pip and cut the flesh into medium-sized dice.
  5. Put the leaves into a mixing bowl with the onion, avocado and fruit. Pour on the dressing and use your hands to mix everything together well. To serve, tip out onto a large serving plate and tuck the slices of prosciutto in among the salad.
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