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Nigel Slater's Salad of Summer Leaves, Cured Pork, and Cherries


A salad of summer leaves, cured pork, and cherries. [Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin]

Pitting cherries is messy, cutting-board staining business, but when Nigel Slater implores you to de-seed the fruit and pair it with cured ham and tender lettuce greens, it's hard to argue. His Salad of Summer Leaves, Cured Pork, and Cherries in Ripe takes these three key players and marries them with a simple creamy vinaigrette. This dressing is far from ranch-like in flavor or viscosity, instead getting its richness from cream itself. It drizzles into the nooks and crannies of the cherries and clings gently to the pork and lettuce, making for a rich, satisfying lunch.

Reprinted with permission from Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard by Nigel Slater. Copyright 2010, 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.

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