Red chicory, pear & hazelnut salad

Red chicory, pear & hazelnut salad

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Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins Ready in 15-20 minutes

Easy

Serves 4
Try this refreshing Chicory, pear & hazelnut salad before a warming winter casserole

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal176
  • fat15g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.01g
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Ingredients

  • 2 heads of red chicory, or white if not available
    Chicory

    Chicory

    chik-or-ee

    Also known as endive, chicory is a forced crop, grown in complete darkness, which accounts for…

  • 2 ripe red Williams pears
    Pear

    Pear

    pair

    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • a good handful of rocket leaves
    Rocket

    Rocket

    roh-ket

    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • 25g hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
    Hazelnuts

    Hazelnut

    hay-zl-nut

    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

For the dressing

  • 1 tsp green peppercorns in brine, optional
  • 2 tbsp hazelnut or olive oil
    Hazelnuts

    Hazelnut

    hay-zl-nut

    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

  • 2 tbsp mild salad oil, such as sunflower oil or safflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 1 tsp sherry or cider vinegar

Method

  1. Make the dressing. If using green peppercorns, lightly crush them in a bowl with a wooden spoon, or use a pestle and mortar. Mix in the oils and vinegar and add salt to taste.

  2. Trim away the chicory stalk ends and discard any limp or tired outer leaves. Carefully separate the leaves and arrange 5-6 on 4 plates – if they are big, cut or tear each one into pieces.

  3. Remove the stalks from the pears and quarter the pears lengthways. Cut out the cores, then thinly slice the fruit. Arrange the pear slices on top of the chicory leaves and spoon over half the dressing. Pour the remaining dressing over the rocket and season with salt and pepper. Give the leaves a quick toss and pile on top of each salad. Sprinkle with the nuts and serve.

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