Spiced Almond, Apple and Goat's Cheese Salad

Photographs David Merewether Recipes Annie O'Carroll

Award-winning London chef, and one half of successful catering company Blackbird Catering, Annie O'Carroll creates mouth-wateringly tasty salad recipes to tantalise the taste buds. Using seasonal produce, Annie shows us how to spice up the traditional notion of a salad by blending unusual and exciting combinations of flavours.

Luscious Leaves

Serves 4

For the spiced almonds:

  • 400g almonds
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp chopped rosemary

Coat the almonds with all but the rosemary and bake for approx. 20 mins on a medium heat - stirring the rosemary through after 10 mins.

For the salad:

  • 2 red peppers, grilled and peeled
  • 1 apple, sliced into pieces
  • 200g pea shoots, or leaves of your choice
  • 400g goat's cheese, crumbled

Combine all ingredients and drizzle with some good olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice

Annie O'Carroll and Georgina Holt have collaborated to form Blackbird Catering, a catering company that provides each client with a vibrancy of interesting and original menus, personal service and ideas for event organising, from weddings and big celebrations, to small dinners, working in London and the south of England. To find out more visit www.blackbirdcatering.co.uk or call 07877 835767 / 07946 532130.