Photo by: Colin Campbell

Pear and fennel salad with caraway and pecorino

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3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 large fennel bulb, cut in half lengthways, then each half cut widthways into 2mm slices
2 tbsp olive oil
1½ tsp caraway seeds, toasted and lightly crushed
1 tsp maple syrup
Salt and black pepper
10g picked dill
75g rocket
3 medium ripe conference pears, peeled, quartered lengthways, cored and cut into 0.5cm wedges
60g pecorino, thinly shaved

This autumnal salad makes a real statement at the start of a meal. It is wonderfully fresh yet substantial and very distinctive in flavour. Make sure your pears are nice and sweet. Serves four to six.


Mix the lemon juice and vinegar in a large bowl. Add the fennel and leave to soften for about 45 minutes, stirring from time to time.

Put the oil, caraway, maple syrup, a quarter-teaspoon of salt and some black pepper into a small bowl, strain in the lemon and vinegar from the fennel bowl and stir well.

Add the dill, rocket, pear and pecorino to the fennel bowl, pour on the dressing, toss lightly and serve.

Perfect with

  1. Quebec maple syrup

    Quebec maple syrup

  2. Valdespino sherry vinegar

    A few drops goes a long way with this rich and distinctive spanish vinegar

    Valdespino sherry vinegar


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  • Recipes Delicious
    (25/09/2015) I loved this salad. Perfect balance of flavours and as usual, the great textures that I love about Ottolenghi's dishes. The salad stands up on its own and would be a great starter as well. Highly recommend this one.
  • Recipes Delicious, very refreshing!
    (19/03/2015) This salad is very easy to prepare. Pear makes it very refreshing and caraway gives an exotic touch. I will repeat for sure!