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Fresh Spring Artichoke and Pecorino Salad

An easy and fresh recipe to make at home - Artichokes meet arugula and citrus aromas for a salad made in seasonal heaven.

  • ( Scored 5 on 1 reviews )

Lele:

Loving the added zest the orange juice and lemon add to an otherwise mild and unobtrusive salad. Most of all, I love that I can pull it together in u...

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A quick salad is always a good dish to pull together, but from time to time, we can get bit bored of the same old salad greens, with the same old salad components like carrots, cucumbers and shallots.  Are you looking to shake up your salad recipe world a bit?

This unusual Tuscan salad recipe is so very different from your run of the mill greens - while they're always a wonderful inclusion to any meal, it can be delightful to change it up a bit, and incorporate exceptional seasonal ingredients like artichokes.  Nutty and earthy, artichokes pair perfectly with smooth, sharp, aged Pecorino cheese.  If you prefer a different hard cheese, use whatever you like best.  

We love the crunch of raw artichokes and the yield of the aged Pecorino cheese - if you've got friends and family who adore decisive, strong flavors, this is the salad for you.  Why not give this excellent seasonal salad recipe a whirl and see how it goes?
 

Ingredients

for 4 servings

Fresh Artichoke and Pecorino Salad ingredients

  • Artichokes 4
  • Rocket 1 (bunch)
  • Orange 1
  • Pecorino cheese 1 (1 large slice)
  • Pine nuts 3 table-spoon
  • Lemon 1
  • Extra-virgin olive oil 4 table-spoon
  • Salt as needed
  • Black Pepper as needed

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Filippo Bartolotta

Amarone della Valpolicella classic DOCG Wine - Tommasi

0.75l

Ruby red color of excellent intensity, intense and clear hints of very ripe cherry, black cherry, berries followed by fresh and slightly spicy tones

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Preparation

for 4 servings

Step

1

Of 3

Toast the pine nuts and prepare zests and cheese

Place pine nuts on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, and lightly toast in 180C oven. Watch carefully so they don't burn - when beginning to turn color, remove immediately from oven, set aside.  Alternatively, you can brown the nuts in a heavy-bottomed sauté pan over low heat.

Grate the zest of the orange, set aside. Cut or shave Pecorino cheese in thin slices. set aside. 

Step

2

Of 3

Prepare the artichoke salad vinaigrette

Prepare vinaigrette by mixing 4 tbsp orange juice with extra-virgin olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

Wash and dry rocket.  Chop into coarse pieces, set aside. 

Step

3

Of 3

Clean the fresh artichokes and dress salad to serve

Clean artichokes by removing tough outer leaves; snap off green, hard leaves until you reach the pale, tender inner leaves. Cut off spiky top and keep a few centimeters of stalk, trimming away any dark part around bottom. Cut each artichoke in half and remove fuzz inside, if present. Cut each half in thin slices and put in large bowl. Cover with squeeze of lemon juice over artichokes to avoid browning.

Add chopped rocket to the bowl; toss vegetables with prepared vinaigrette.

Sprinkle with pine nuts, orange zest and Pecorino cheese slices.  Serve promptly.

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Reviews

Lele Sunday 1st of November 2020

Crispy and delightful

Loving the added zest the orange juice and lemon add to an otherwise mild and unobtrusive salad. Most of all, I love that I can pull it together in under 20 minutes. The recipe allows for a little more time, but when that's not an option, this is a great go-to salad for a quick side for grilled meat or even just a starter dish to get the juices flowing.

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