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Baby spinach, date, feta and black rice salad (Serves 4)


75g walnuts, lightly toasted, chopped

200g baby spinach leaves, well washed

1 medium red onion, peeled, thinly sliced

120g good quality ready-to-eat dates

75g feta cheese

150g Riso Gallo Venere Rice

1 small red chilli, deseeded, finely chopped

For the mint and cumin dressing

3tb white wine vinegar

6tb olive oil

1tb fresh lemon juice

Handful of roughly torn mint leaves

Sea salt

Good pinch of ground cumin


Place the Venere rice in a small pan, add 350ml water and bring to the boil.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes until just tender. Drain in a colander and allow to cool.

To make the dressing, place all the ingredients except the mint leaves in a bowl and whisk together.

Add the torn mint leaves and season to taste.

To prepare the salad, place the spinach leaves in a bowl and add the dates, cooked black rice, chilli, red onions and walnuts.

Season lightly with salt and pepper. Add enough dressing and toss gently together.

Dress in a salad bowl, grate the feta over the salad liberally then serve.

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