2 bags of salad leaves from the supermarket, be a little adventurous with the choice
4 Fresh large eggs
225g Fresh young asparagus, washed
8 Radishes, washed
A couple of spring onions, sliced
A few slices of ham, steer clear of the pre packed stuff
4 tbspns Olive oil, or good quality veg oil if you prefer, or even a mixture
2 tbspns Sherry or white wine vinegar, malt is fine if you want
Salt and Pepper
1 tspn Sugar
Veg oil to cook the asparagus
Very simple to put together, Bring a pan of cold water to the boil, add the eggs and cook for 3 minutes, remove and cool the eggs in cold water, this process stops the egg yolks discolouring. Then peel but leave whole.
Next wash the salad leaves and drain well, too much water on the leaves wash off the dressing. Place in a bowl.
Place the oils in an old jam jar, add the mustard, salt and pepper, sugar. Pop on the lid and shake vigoursley, until throughly mixed. Or you can whisk together in a bowl.
Place a frying pan or griddle pan on the stove. Oil the asparagus, and place in the pan, season well and cook for 3-4 minutes until slightly charred on all sides.
Arrange the slices of ham around the plate, cut the eggs in half, the yolks should be slightly runny, arrange them cut side up.
Next add the asparagus, and radishes. Finally place the spring onions in with the lettuces, and drizzle over the dressing, season well and carefully mix together with 2 forks.
Pile on top of the ham and asparagus, and eat straight away.
A couple of good tips are, add the dressing at the last moment or the salad leaves will wilt very quickly, and make sure all the components for the salad are out of the fridge for ½ hour before hand, room temperature salad is far nicer and tastier to eat than ice cold, trust me.
Little gem salad with plum tomatoes and red onions
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: None.
2 Little Gem lettuces
8 Plum tomatoes
1 small red onion peeled and very finely sliced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp white wine or malt vinegar
6 tbsp olive oil
55g grated Mozzarella cheese
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
Cut the lettuce heads into 3 or 4 wedges, then the same with the tomatoes.
Mix the sliced red onion in a bowl with the mustard and vinegar, then add to the lettuce and tomatoes.
Pour over the olive oil in a thin stream and mix well.
Finally add the grated cheese, lightly mix and season well with salt and pepper.