This recipe fills me with joy. Simple and rustic, yet so beautifully elegant, filling, nutritious and satisfying at the same time. It has its roots in France and brings out the best of ‘whatever you have available’. You could call it a spin on the classic Salade Niçoise or Provençal, or even a Mesclun.. it all depends what you have at your fingertips and how you’re feeling. I call it a Melange, a beautiful medley; an array of colours and a variety of shapes and textures.
Jamie brought us a simple green salad with lemon dressing, and this is my twist for the Food Revolution.
These are the basic ingredients that never fail to put a smile on my face:
- Green beans, blanched
- Egg, boiled and halved
- Grated anything: carrot, turnip, beetroot, cheese
- Leaves – I like baby gem, lambs lettuce or romaine
- Finely sliced onion, red or white
- Radish, sliced
- Fresh herbs
- Cucumber, sliced
- Tomato, sliced
- Why not pop a few croutons on – you can’t be perfect all the time..
It’s all about variety. Now plate up and dress just before serving.
Three parts oil to one part acid is perfect. Try this one on for size:
(for 1 person)
- 60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
- 20ml White Wine Vinegar
- Salt & Pepper
My preferred method is to pop it all in a jam jar and give it a good old shake.