Plum, radish, lemon thyme and green pistachio nuts

Plum, radish, lemon thyme and green pistachio nuts

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Real Food by Mike
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

If you can’t find green pistachio nuts (as they have quite a short season), you can use very good-quality, unsalted pistachio nuts. The lovely, fresh juicy plum works well to balance the flavours in this dish. Dandelion leaves have a lovely bitter flavour and a great crisp-textured stem. A good greengrocer would stock them in the lettuce section. However, a nice substitute would be wild rocket, or a bitter green like chicory.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
8 victoria plums, stoned and halved
1 bunch breakfast radishes, leaves rinsed, patted dry and reserved
2 handful dandelion leaves, well washed
1 handful basil leaves
1 tablespoon green pistachio nuts, shelled

Green pistachio nut dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon green pistachio nuts, shelled
1 teaspoon lemon thyme leaves
1 lemon, juiced
60ml extra-virgin olive oil

Method

  1. You can either leave your plums in half or tear them in half again. By tearing, you will release a nice amount of juice to add to your dressing.
  2. For the green pistachio nut dressing, grind the pistachio nuts and lemon thyme in a mortar and pestle before adding the lemon juice. Add the olive oil and mix to create a dressing. Combine with any juice from the plums.
  3. Cut the breakfast radishes thinly lengthways, put them in a bowl with the dressing and toss to combine.
  4. Place the dandelion leaves on a platter. Tumble the radishes onto the dandelion, reserving the dressing in the bowl.
  5. Place the plums on the dandelion and radishes, along with the basil leaves. Spoon over the dressing and add the radish leaves. To finish, roughly slice the green pistachio nuts and scatter them over the salad.

Medicinal Benefit

  • Radishes are a good source of sulforaphane, a compound that reduces inflammation, fights unhealthy bacteria and protects against carcinogenic toxins. Plums are full of dietary fibre, vitamins A, B complex and C. Thyme is antimicrobial, and can be gargled for a sore throat (chop fresh leaves and make a tea), as well as being antihypertensive, meaning it can lower blood pressure. Thyme’s essential oils contain carvacrol, which can help lift your mood.
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