Pigeon salad with raspberries

    12 hours 25 min

    English recipes for pigeon date back to the Middle Ages, when it was a popular meat. This modern dish uses a very English combination of nuts and berries. Leave at least 12 hours to marinate the pigeon breasts.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 8 pigeon breasts, skinned
    • 100ml (3½ fl oz) red wine
    • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
    • 1 bay leaf, crumbled
    • 3 tablespoons hazelnut oil
    • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
    • Salt and black pepper
    • 125g (4½ oz) baby spinach leaves or rocket
    • 55g (2oz) toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
    • 125g (4½ oz) raspberries, defrosted if frozen

    Prep:12hr15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:12hr25min 

    1. Put the pigeon breasts in a wide bowl with the wine, sherry vinegar, bay leaf and 1 tablespoon of the hazelnut oil. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 12 hours or overnight. Drain, reserving the marinade.
    2. Put the remaining hazelnut oil in a screw-top jar with the raspberry vinegar and some salt and pepper. Shake to mix.
    3. Heat a ridged griddle-pan to hot, then add the pigeon breasts and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, basting with the marinade, until brown on the outside but still pink inside.
    4. Toss together the spinach or rocket, hazelnuts and raspberries in a wide serving bowl. Slice the warm pigeon breasts and add to the salad. Drizzle with the dressing, toss lightly to coat evenly, transfer to plates or a large platter and serve, with crusty bread.

    Nutrients per serving

    Vitamins C, B1, B6, niacin

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