I absolutely love salads…I think they can be the most exciting dish of all if you put a bit of effort into the choice of ingredients, mix of flavours and presentation. I always serve them as a main and plate it up before serving. By the way, don’t believe salads are only for girls on a diet, guys can enjoy them if you add in manly things like chorizo, potatoes, onions!
A Parisian salad is a classic in French Bistros, but it’s also a really easy one to make!
Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 fresh lettuce, washed
1 avocado, diced
1 red pepper, finely sliced
5-6 mushrooms, sliced
1 can sweet-corn, drained
1/2 brown onion, finely sliced
3-4 slices of freshly sliced leg ham, cut into thin strips
100g gruyere or jarlsberg cheese, cut into thin strips
2 Eggs, soft boiled
1 garlic clove
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 shallot, finely chopped
6/7 small gherkins, finely diced
1 tbsp, finely chopped Parsley
6 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp White wine vinegar
Salt & freshly ground pepper
1. Mix lettuce leaves in a large bowl with your sliced pepper, onions, gerkins and season with a splash of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place it as a salad base on the plates.
2. Place the sliced mushrooms, sweetcorn, avocado into sections on top of the base and finish with the cheese and then the ham towards the middle. Cut your soft boiled egg into 2 pieces and place it on top.
3. To prepare the dressing, crush the garlic into a pestle and mortar, add the mustard, the vinegar, salt & pepper, remaining olive oil, chopped parsley and shallot. Mix well and add a splash of water to liquify the mixture if needed.
4. Dizzle the dressing on the finished plates and serve with fresh baguette & butter!
Note: To prepare your soft boiled eggs, boil for 5-6 minutes and run cold water over it when cooked!