Nashi pear, shaved fennel, parmesan, raisins and pine nuts

Nashi pear, shaved fennel, parmesan, raisins and pine nuts

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Real Food by Mike
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

This salad is about the texture of the pear and not the crunch of the fennel, which is there only for flavour. If nashi pears are not available, use a crisp corella or beurre bosc pear. Lovely, plump organic raisins are sometimes hard to find, so you could substitute Raisins in tea. Pecorino cheese, instead of the parmesan, would be a nice twist with its salty flavour, but something creamy like mozzarella or burrata would make this salad a much heartier meal.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
50ml chardonnay vinegar or apple-cider vinegar
150ml olive oil
1 large fennel bulb, shaved with a mandoline or knife
1/2 bunch watercress, leaves picked
4 radicchio leaves, torn into pieces the size of a parsley leaf
1/2 bunch dill, leaves picked
1/2 bunch mint, leaves picked
1 nashi pear
60g small black olives
4 dates, pitted and chopped into eigths
2 tablespoons raisins
15g activated pine nuts
20g parmesan

Method

Medicinal Benefit

  • Pears contain phytosterols, which are known to help lower cholesterol. They also contain folic acid, vital for cell reproduction, and vitamin C to help boost the immune system. The mineral copper is also found in pears, and this plays an important role in iron metabolism and the production of red blood cells.
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