Wednesday, 25 March 2015

A Spring Time Antipasto Salad with a Lemon and Basil Dressing


A salad, as far as I'm concerned, should have a lot going on with it - it's got to keep you interested whilst you eat! Especially if it's to form the main part of your meal and not playing side-kick to the meat or pie or pasta or........well you know what I mean.....

Anyway, this time of the year it's great to start adding some of the fresh ingredients that are beginning to arrive on the vegetable shelves with the spring just around the corner.

Last Sunday was beautifully warm in our garden and we decided to eat our lunch outside - the first since probably last September! - So I thought a big bright busy salad was the order of the day.......

Recipe  - I'm going to list what I had in this salad quantities are fluid add as much or as little as you like....

1 bag salad leaves - I used rocket you can use what ever you like
jar artichoke halves
some sun blush tomatoes
pitted kalamata olives
a ball of mozzarella - drained, dried and ripped into bite size pieces
a large handful sugar snap peas
handful radish - washed and sliced
baby piccolo tomatoes - halved

For the dressing

A small handful fresh basil leaves
juice and zest of a lemon
1 peeled clove garlic
6 tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper

First make up your dressing.....
You can make this dressing one of two ways........

1 - in a small electric mixer - just pop all your ingredients into the mixer - give it a whiz - add extra olive oil to thin if needed and your ready to go......

or -

2 - Grab a jam jar, add chopped basil, crushed garlic, lemon zest & juice, olive oil and seasoning and then give it a good old shake.

Now, on a large plate, arrange your salad. Start with the salad leaves and then evenly distribute all your other ingredients - adding as much or as little of each as you fancy - and just before serving drizzle, just a little, of the dressing over.


I like to pop a small jug of the dressing on the table for people to add more if they wish - too much dressing can ruin a salad, so it's easier just to add a hint and let others pour on more......


Have a great day
Lizx
 Antipasto

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