Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Happy St Patrick's Day Salad

Although we don't do anything too special for St Patrick's Day, it is always a day we remember.  Firstly, my husband is Irish, so he sometimes has a Guinness to commemorate the day, but it's also the day before my birthday!  I'll be 34 tomorrow - that's officially mid-thirties!  Does that mean I should be grown up now?  Cos I don't feel it!

Anyway, I thought I would make a green dish for St Patrick's Day.  When I think green, I think vegetables!  So here is my Brussel Sprout and Asparagus salad in all it's green glory.



Ingredients


  • 300g baby brussel sprouts, ends cut off
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, ends cut off, and cut into three
  • about 100g of green beans, ends cut off, and halved
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 50g diced panchetta
  • 2-3tbs of olive oil
  • Toasted pine nuts
  • Lemon slices


Method


After preparing the vegetables, I put the brussel sprouts, asparagus and green beans on the stove to steam for about 10 minutes.  You want them to still have a little crunch.


I drained them, and let them sit while I heated the olive oil in a pan.  It sounds like a lot, but it is also like a dressing for the salad.  Once the oil was hot, I added the panchetta and minced garlic to brown slightly.


Then I added the leek, and tossed them until soft.


Once the leek was soft, I added the steamed greens, and tossed through the mix.  They just need to be coated - the vegetables are already cooked, so this won't take long.


To serve, I put them in a pretty bowl, sprinkled some toasted pine nuts on top, and cut some lemon wedges to be squeezed over it.


You could use this as a side dish, which is what we did, or add some beans or chickpeas to bulk it out a bit.  It would also be nice with some seared beef sliced on top.

Enjoy!


What is your favourite St Patrick's Day activity or event?


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