In my opinion, salads can really make or break a meal. They’re often seen as an accompaniment and can sometimes be an afterthought when planning what to serve. Salads don’t need to be complicated and often only require 3-4 ingredients and a couple of minutes of your time to assemble.
There may be a time and place for lettuce, tomato and cucumber, but I have 3 super simple and tasty salads for you to try that’ll go down a treat at your next Sunday lunch.
Pea, pecorino, mint & radicchio
In a large serving bowl place wedges of radicchio, 1 small bag of frozen peas (fridge temperature) & 1 bunch of mint (leaves only). Drizzle with a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil, sea salt flakes and the juice of 1 lemon. Give the salad a toss and then shave over a good amount of pecorino to serve.
Tomato, basil & buffalo mozzarella
Select 3 variations of tomatoes from your local Greengrocer. I use a vine tomato, a kumato and an orange cherry tomato depending on what is available. Cut your tomatoes into various shapes and sizes and place in your serving bowl with 2 cups of basil leaves. Add slices of buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, white balsamic and sea salt flakes.
Rocket, pear, candied walnut & gorgonzola
Place fresh rocket in your serving bowl or platter and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt flakes. Add slices of pear and crumbled gorgonzola on top. In a small frying pan place 50g of unsalted butter & 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Once melted and bubbling, toss 2 generous handfuls of walnuts in the mix and set aside on grease proof paper to cool. Sprinkle candied walnuts over your salad and serve.
I know it is a no-brainer, but please ensure you purchase your produce very fresh – the day of your event is best.
These can be served with any protein you like. I love to place a large platter of BBQ’d tiger prawns or side of salmon on the table with crusty bread and these fresh salads. I haven’t had a complaint yet, so I think we may be onto something.