Citrus salad with red radicchio & pomegranate dressing

Citrus salad with red radicchio & pomegranate dressing

New Feast
Alan Benson

Citrus fruits come into season just when our bodies and souls need them most, and this lovely refreshing salad is the perfect dish to cheer up a dreary winter’s day. Here, we use a mixture of ruby grapefruit, oranges and mandarins, but when blood oranges are in season, we tend to make them the solo star.

Barberries have a fabulous sour-sweet flavour. They are available from Persian stores or some Middle Eastern stores, but if you can’t find them, use dried cranberries or cherries instead.


Quantity Ingredient
3 blood oranges, (or use ordinary oranges, ruby grapefruit or a mix of your favourite citrus fruit)
generous handful red radicchio leaves, shredded
2 baby fennel, very finely sliced
or 1 medium fennel, very finely sliced
1 shallot, finely sliced
2-3 handfuls rocket leaves
1 tablespoon tarragon leaves
2 tablespoons shredded flat-leaf parsley leaves
2-3 tablespoons pomegranate seeds

Almond-barberry labneh

Quantity Ingredient
25g almonds
1 knob butter
1 1/2 tablespoons barberries, soaked in water for 2 minutes, then drained and patted dry
Labneh, strained for 48–72 hours

Pomegranate dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1/2 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
60ml extra-virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper


  1. To make the almond-barberry labneh, chop the almonds evenly to the consistency of very coarse breadcrumbs. Heat the butter in a small frying pan and fry the almonds for around 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until they are golden brown. Add the barberries to the pan and fry for a further 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Drain on kitchen paper and leave to cool completely. Roll the labneh balls carefully in the cold almond-barberry mixture so they are evenly coated and then set aside.
  2. To make the salad, use a very sharp knife to peel the oranges, taking care to remove all the pith. Holding the fruit over a large mixing bowl to catch the juice, carefully slice each segment out of its skin casing and into the bowl.
  3. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Add the collected citrus juice and whisk everything together. Adjust the seasoning to your liking and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl with the orange slices and pour in enough dressing to coat lightly. Mix everything together very gently and tip onto a serving platter. Scatter on the pomegranate seeds, then tuck the labneh balls in among the salad and serve straight away.
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