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The slightly licorice flavour of fennel is heightened by the licorice overtones in the tarragon. If you can't find the ricotta, substitute pecorino or even feta.

Servings: Four

Ready time: 15 minutes

Main

3 bulbs baby fennel or 1 large

6 cups baby spinach

6 ounces (175 grams) ricotta salata

Shallot Vinaigrette

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons chopped tarragon

1/4 cup finely chopped shallots

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Method

Cut core from fennel and remove top. Cut in half. With a mandolin, or by hand, thinly slice fennel.

Place in bowl and mix with spinach.

Shave ricotta with a vegetable peeler and toss with vegetables.

Whisk together mustard, tarragon, shallots and vinegar. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper.

Toss with salad and finish by sprinkling with parsley.

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