When it comes to salads there is so much variety to choose from and really it’s up to you how you want to serve them. You can dress them up, make them simple, make them fancy, make them rainbow … so many choices. Now if you should be looking for a nice green salad recipe let Mary Berry help you …
Mary is one of the best-known and respected cookery writers and broadcasters in the UK. She says; “there is nothing worse than a boring bowl of green leaves served at a table with a meal. I like to add some crunchy vegetables to it and I have a trick to let you make this ahead so the lettuce doesn’t wilt even though you prepared it a couple of hours ago!”
For the dill dressing
8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 bunch fresh dill, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the salad
8 spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced
8 celery sticks, thinly sliced
1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
½ large cucumber, halved lengthways and sliced
200g/7oz mixed salad leaves, roughly torn
1 Romaine lettuce, roughly torn
100g/3½oz rocket or watercress, roughly torn
1. For the dressing, put the oil, vinegars, mustard, sugar and salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk until evenly combined and thickened. Taste and season again if needed, then mix in the dill.
2. Put the spring onions, celery and fennel in a large salad bowl. Pour in the dressing and toss well.
3. Place half the cucumber and half the mixed leaves, Romaine lettuce and rocket in the bowl. Season, then top with the remaining cucumber, leaves, Romaine lettuce and rocket. Season well and chill for up to 4 hours
4. Just before serving, toss everything together.
Don’t toss everything together until ready to serve, as the dressing will soften the leaves. The dressing can be chilled in the fridge for up to a week in a screw-top jar. Give it a good shake before using and add the dill just before serving. Use the best quality olive oil for the best flavour.
From original recipe here
You may want to try ‘Posh Roasted Vegetables – The Mary Berry Way’ see here
A variety of recipe ideas are within this blog, but please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.
All the best Jan