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Red-Leaf, Fig, and Serrano Ham Salad

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
Comments: 2
 

Recipe

This salad takes mere minutes to make, and yet is so enduringly beautiful. I don’t overstate the case; there is something positively painterly about the delicate heaping of dark red leaves, red-bellied figs, and deep pink ham. I love the sharpness of Manchego, dropped in feathery shavings all amongst this, but don’t panic if the cheese eludes you (though my supermarket does stock it). Just use some Parmesan or pecorino instead.

Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 head radicchio or radicchio rosso
  • 8 cups baby ruby chard or a couple of bags of salad with red-toned tender leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 fresh figs, quartered
  • 10 oz Serrano ham slices, cut very thinly
  • 2 oz Manchego cheese, shaved into slices

Directions

Tear the head of radicchio into manageable pieces, and toss together with the baby salad leaves.

Whisk together the vinegar, oil, and salt in a small bowl and then dress the leaves.

Arrange the figs and ham as artistically as you can muster over the salad and then, with a potato peeler, shave the cheese over, letting it fall lightly where it will.


© 2007 Nigella Lawson
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

178kcal (9%)
652mg (27%)
12g
2g
11g (16%)
0g
4g (18%)
5g
1g
27mg (9%)
9g
10g
47mg
425mg
133mcg RAE (4%)
13mg (22%)
92mg (9%)
1mg (7%)
 

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  • ncdesigner

    12.19.13 Flag comment

    Delicious salad. Couldn't find fresh figs in New England in December, bought a container of Turkish Figs and they were fine in the salad. Also hard to find Serrano ham, did get it but prepackaged. Next time I'd just buy Parma Prociutto, tasted the same. Nice salad, all my dinner party guests enjoyed it.

  • sofiamendoza

    08.24.10 Flag comment

    Two years ago I visited Spain with my husband and had some amazing salads with iberico ham. Now that I found a place to buy jamon iberico de bellota online, I always have some in the fridge and add it to my greens. The Spanish ham makes boring salads a deli, particularly for quick lunches to take to the office.
    I recommend the ham from Buyjamon.com
    <a href="http://BuyJamon.com/">
    BuyJamon.com the market place for iberico ham.</a>

 

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