Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Warm quince and hazelnut salad recipe

If you are looking for a delicious salad in winter, this lovely warm quince and hazelnut salad is full of flavour and healthy raw vegetables.



  • 750ml apple juice
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 quince, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 large handful kale, roughly torn
  • 1/4 red cabbage, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 50g shaved parmesan or pecorino cheese


Pour the apple juice into a small saucepan, add the star anise, cloves and quince and bring to the boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for about half an hour or until the quince is nice and soft. Remove the quince from the saucepan with a slotted spoon and set aside.  Reserve the cooking liquid for the dressing.

Meanwhile place the hazelnuts in a dry frying pan and cook until just fragrant. Remove and tip into a clean tea towel. Rub so you remove most of the skins and set the nuts aside too.

Place the kale and cabbage on a serving platter and then make the dressing.

Measure out 1 cup of the apple juice mixture used for poaching the quinces. Bring this to a rolling boil, add the sugar and vinegar and cook until reduced to a syrupy consistency.

Let cool and then whisk in the olive oil. Add the quinces and hazelnuts to the platter and gently toss.

Dress the salad with cooled dressing and then sprinkle with cheese.


  • If you can’t find (or don’t love) quinces, swap for roasted beetroot or thinly sliced fresh pear or figs. If you are a fan of quinces though, jump over to Local is Lovely for three more quince recipes (these ones are all sweet).
  • This dressing is delicious on pretty much anything and would also be great over a warm salad of roast pumpkin, grilled and thinly sliced venison or lamb or pork tenderloin with a few handfuls of rocket, some goat’s cheese and toasted almonds.
  • This recipe was created by Sophie Hansen for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder. You can follow Sophie on  Local is LovelyFacebookTwitter or Pinterest.

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