I have recently bought quite a few cookbooks to help me with ideas for lunches as my brain was getting a bit stale. One of the books I bought was A Salad for All Seasons by Harry Eastwood. I first borrowed it from the library and bookmarked so many recipes that it was worth buying, The first salad I made out of this book is a Salad Parisienne and it was so simple and delicious. I look forward to making many more.
(from A Salad for All Seasons - Harry Eastwood)
300g green beans
500g new potatoes
8 large handfuls salad leaves
4 slices emmental, cut into thin strips
4 slices ham, cut into thin strips
6 tomatoes, cut into six
60g black olives, pitted
handful chives, snipped
For the dressing
small handful parsley
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp runny honey
3 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
Bring a pan of water to the boil, boil the potatoes until tender for about 10-15 mins, adding the beans for the last 1 min. Drain and then run under cold water.
Meanwhile, put the eggs in another pan of water, bring it to the boil and cook for 5 mins. then drain and run under cold water until they feel cold to the touch.
Cut the potatoes into roughly similar size pieces, peel the eggs and cut them into quarters.
Put all the dressing ingredients into a jam jar and shake well to combine.
Toss the salad leaves and chopped potatoes in the dressing before adding the rest of the ingredients. Scatter with the chives and serve.