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Unripe Fruit Salad

by , featured in The Everlasting Meal Cookbook
Published by Scribner
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A note from Nigella

This lovely recipe appears in Tamar Adler’s book rather in the form of a suggestion, which is to say without specific amounts to allow, wisely, for maximum flexibility. I have no desire to subvert that but, with the generous permission of the author, I've rejigged it a little just so that it can be incorporated into the recipe format, and I have also supplied a photograph I took of the dish as I made it. I didn’t include the olives or parsley that were among the optional ingredients, and added some thinly sliced radishes and a scattering of pomegranate seeds, just because I had both in the fridge, and thought they’d go perfectly — and they did.

The recipe as written could be made for any amount, but having made this using one unripe nectarine masquerading as a billiard ball and half a fennel bulb (everything else went in without regard to measurements) I’d say that it would serve 3-4 as a side salad, but I have pressing plans to make it without the shaved cheese, instead plopping a softly bulging Burrata on top, as a rather fabulous lunch for two!


Serves: 3-4 as a side salad

  • 1 - 2 unripe fruit
  • ¼ teaspoon salt plus to taste
  • fresh lemon juice
  • thinly sliced fennel (optional)
  • Nicoise or other good olives (optional)
  • olive oil
  • strong tasting grating cheese (Parmesan or Pecorino Romano)
  • mint or parsley leaves (torn or chopped)
  • freshly ground black pepper

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  1. Thinly slice the fruit.
  2. In a bowl, mix the slices with the salt and a squeeze of lemon juice and let sit 5 min. Taste for salt and adjust.
  3. Lay out on a plate.
  4. If desired, scatter with fennel and olives. Drizzle it all heavily with olive oil.
  5. With a vegetable peeler, peel off long pieces of cheese and scatter them over the fruit.
  6. Top with herbs, then black pepper. Good at room temperature.

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