Red-Leaf, Fig and Serrano Ham Salad

Red-Leaf, Fig and Serrano Ham Salad

This salad takes mere minutes to make, and yet is 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 among all this, but don’t panic if the cheese eludes you (though my supermarket does stock it). Just use some Parmesan or pecorino instead.

For how many? Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 head treviso or radicchio
  • 200g baby ruby chard or 2 bags salad with red-toned tender leaves
  • 2 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 x 15ml extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 fresh figs, quartered
  • Serrano ham slices, cut very thinly
  • 50g Manchego cheese

Instructions

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

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

3. Arrange the figs and ham with as much artistry 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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