Chickpea, Fennel and Manchego Salad
3 fresh Iranian dates, stoned and roughly chopped
2 , roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ cup water
2 tsp orange zest, finely grated
juice of one orange
4 Tbsp (EVO)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large fennel bulb, julienned with fronds reserved
325g jar , drained
1 radicchio lettuce, shredded
½ cup roughly chopped
4 fresh dates, thinly sliced
To make the dressing put the dates, anchovies, garlic and water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer until it forms a soft paste and most of the liquid has evaporated. Place in a small food processor, add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Season to taste.
To make the salad, peel the oranges with a knife to remove all the pith, then cut between each membrane to remove the orange fillets. Place the fennel and chickpeas in a bowl and toss with half the dressing. Transfer to a serving platter and scatter over the radicchio and oranges. Tuck the Serrano ham amongst the salad and shave over the Manchego cheese. Scatter with the almonds, sliced dates and fennel fronds. Drizzle with the remaining dressing or serve separately.
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