I love this salad from Yotam Ottolenghi – he describes it as his Valentine’s Day salad, as it represents the realistic flavours of love: bitter and sweet. However, there are many reasons to serve this salad to your family and friends, not the least of which is the glorious combination of red colours which come from the radicchio, red endive, pomegranate seeds and of course, the blood orange and are so representative of the Mediterranean. It is so hard to describe the bursts of flavours which come from this wonderful dish, so all I can do is urge you to try it – it will most certainly become a favourite. Perfect as a starter.
This recipe will serve 2, so adjust according to numbers.
2 blood oranges
blood orange juice, as needed
20ml lemon juice
60ml maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
1/2 samll radicchio
1 small red endive (red chicory), leaves separated
1 tablespoon olive oil
handful of small red leaves, such as purple basil, red orach, red amaranth red chard
150g good-quality ricotta
20g pine nuts, toasted
100g pomegranate seeds (1 small pomegranate)
coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper