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Spinach, Walnut & Roasted Pear Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

A simple sweet and tangy salad. Including turmeric adds a wonderful golden glow to the pears and is a fabulous healing spice, too, while goji berries are rich in antioxidants to aid the functioning of the immune system. For additional protein, add a little crumbled feta cheese, if you like.

  • 75g/2½oz/¾ cup walnut halves
  • 1 tbsp butter or coconut butter
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 ripe pears, cored and cut into wedges
  • 200g/7oz baby spinach leaves
  • 1 handful of watercress
  • 1 handful of sprouted beans or seeds, such as alfalfa
  • 1 handful of goji berries
  • sea salt and ground black pepper

RASPBERRY VINAIGRETTE

  • 4 tbsp raspberry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp walnut oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

1. Lightly toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan over a medium heat for about 1 minute, stirring.

2. Heat the butter in a large non-stick frying pan. When the butter is melted, add the turmeric and honey. Add the pear wedges in a single layer and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for about 3 minutes, turning once, until lightly browned, then transfer the pears to a plate.

3. Make the vinaigrette by combining the vinegars and honey in a non-reactive bowl. Slowly whisk in the oils and then the mustard. Season with black pepper.

4. Put the spinach and watercress on a serving plate and scatter over the pears, sprouted beans, toasted walnuts and goji berries. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle over the dressing and serve.

Serves: 2 • Preparation time: 10 minutes • Cooking time: 4 minutes

Nutritional information per serving: Protein 8.5g, Carbohydrate 34.9g, of which sugars 33.3g, Fat 44.1g, of which saturates 6.2g, Kcals 573.

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