Seared Hispi with Cherries and Smoked Almonds

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Seasonal Salads

By Fi Buchanan

Published 2023

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Take care to keep all the leaves attached to the base when you’re preparing the cabbage. And even though they’re a little more expensive, it’s worth seeking out real smoked almonds rather than smoke-flavoured ones. The light smoky flavour works so well with the cherries; it’s a total treat.


  • 2 small hispi or sweetheart cabbages, trimmed and tough outer leaves removed
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil


Make the dressing by whisking the oil, vinegar, maple syrup and mustard together, then stir in the almonds and cherries. Set aside and let the cherries swell a bit in the dressing.

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cut the cabbages lengthwise into quarters and blanche them for 1 to 2 minutes, then drain.

Rub each of the cabbage quarters with the sunflower oil and, i