Orange, Olive, Walnut and Date Salad with Harissa Dressing

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Serves 4 as a starter

This is a lovely salad to eat as a starter in summer. It is light and fresh with a slightly exotic flavour. The bad news is that it is so good that you won’t have any left overs.

For the dressing…
50ml olive oil
1 tablespoon harissa
2 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and ground
Salt to taste

Whisk together all of the ingredients.

Prepare the oranges…
3 to 4 large oranges, depending on size

Remove the rind from one or two of the oranges either with a zester or with a knife and slice into fine julienne. Set aside until ready to serve.

Cut the segments from the oranges, making sure to remove all pith. Save any orange juice in a bowl and store the orange segments in it until ready to serve.

For the finished dish…
Lime juice to taste
Crisp lettuce (Iceberg or Cos) roughly chopped into bite sized pieces
12 green olives, pitted and halved
12 walnut halves
6 dates, stoned and halved

Pour any orange juice from the oranges into the dressing and taste, adding some lime juice if it needs some sharpness.

Add the olives, walnuts, dates and dressing to the orange segments and stir to mix well.

Place some lettuce on each plate and spoon over a portion of the orange, olive, walnut and date mixture. Decorate with the orange rind.

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