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Course: cold appetizer, side dish, vegetable
Total time: under 30 minutes
Skill level: Easy
Cost: Moderate
Yield: Serves 8
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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.

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.

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Nutrients per serving

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