Sicilian harvest salad

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time1 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
100g sultanas
Boiling water
150g halved large seedless grapes
15g diced dried apricots (.5cm dice)
25g fried rosemary, recipe follows
1/4 large red onion, cut into small slivers
1 large lemon, juiced
5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large head radicchio, about 340g
50g loosely packed baby spinach
12 thin slices prosciutto or 110g sausage, barbecued and cubed, optional
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted

For the rosemary

Rosemary sprigs
Oil, for frying
1) Put the sultanas in a small bowl and pour boiling water over them to cover. Let stand until plump and soft, about 10 minutes. Drain.

2) Put the sultanas, grapes, apricots, rosemary and onion in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice and stir in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

3) Separate the radicchio into leaves, saving the heart for another use. Tear into bite size pieces and add to the dried fruit mixture along with the spinach. Toss well. Divide among 4 plates and top with the prosciutto, if using. Scatter the pine nuts over the top.

For the fried rosemary: 1) Frying rosemary on the branch removes its slightly soapy, bitter flavour so you can use more. Heat 2.5-cm oil in a deep sauté pan to 180C. Deep-fry the rosemary for 30 seconds and drain on kitchen roll.

2) Strip the leaves off the stems and crush the leaves in the kitchen roll to remove any excess oil. Mince and store in a clean, tightly sealed container. Use the fried rosemary to make a seasoned salt by adding it to a mixture of black pepper, dried lemon zest and salt.

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