I frequently make variations of this salad, using whatever's to hand in the fridge or in season – and right now, chicory and blood orange are just perfect.
Salads are all about texture and the balance of flavours, which make them interesting, standalone dishes in their own right. This one certainly offers that, as bitter leaves come together with sweet, juicy oranges and the earthy crunch of hazelnuts and sesame seeds. It's the perfect light lunch.
3 blood or regular oranges
2 chicory hearts
1-2 raw red or yellow beetroots
Handful of rocket leaves
1 tbsp sesame seeds
60g toasted hazelnuts
For the dressing
1 heaped tbsp wholegrain mustard
60ml extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
Juice of 1 lemon
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