Silverton likes to massage thick dressings like this sweet-salty vinaigrette into sturdy greens with her hands to make sure they’re evenly coated. The recipe makes more dressing than you’ll need for the salad. Any left over is great as a dip for raw fennel, celery, carrots or other vegetables. Slideshow: More Salad RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook 

Best New Chef 1990: Nancy Silverton
Nancy Silverton


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35 mins


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  • In a medium bowl, using a wooden spoon, mash the dates with the anchovies, lemon zest, orange zest and garlic to form a coarse paste. Stir in the vinegar, then whisk in the olive oil.

  • In a very large bowl, toss the fennel and endives. Add 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and half of the dressing; with your hands, gently massage the dressing into the endive leaves. Season the salad with salt, pepper and more lemon juice to taste.

  • Line a platter with half of the endives and fennel and scatter with half of the cheese. Repeat with the remaining endives, fennel and cheese. Drizzle some of the remaining dressing over the salad, season with pepper and pass the rest of the dressing at the table.