Kale salad with anchovy dressing, artichokes and pecorino

This is a wonderful salad to serve with roast lamb – the flavours pair up beautifully

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus soaking and macerating
  • Cooking time: 0
  • Total time: 15 minutes, plus soaking and macerating

Serves: 4-6


175g pack chargrilled artichoke hearts
50ml whole milk
3 anchovy fillets in extra virgin olive oil, drained
½ garlic clove
¾ tsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice, or more to taste
300g pentland brig kale, coarse stalks removed
25g pack flat leaf parsley, stalks finely chopped, leaves roughly chopped
60g toasted flaked almonds
50g pecorino romano, finely grated


1. Drain the artichokes, reserving the oil, then slice and set aside. Put the milk in a small bowl and add the anchovy fillets. Soak for 10 minutes to make them less salty, then drain and discard the milk.

2. Crush the anchovies and garlic to a paste in a pestle and mortar. Stir in the mustard, then gradually whisk in the extra virgin olive oil and reserved artichoke oil. Stir in 2 tbsp lemon juice with 2 tbsp water to make a dressing. Season with black pepper. Taste and add a little more lemon juice, if liked.

3. Roughly tear (or chop) the kale leaves, then toss in a bowl with 2 /3 of the dressing, being quite forceful to break and bruise the leaves slightly (this tenderises them). Set aside for a few minutes to soften further, then toss with the artichokes, parsley, almonds and pecorino. Drizzle with the remaining dressing before serving