Salad

Pear, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad

Pomegranate seeds are not only beautiful to look at, but also delicious to eat. They remind me of little red rubies, all glowing and shiny. They bring such freshness and colour to a salad, kind of like tiny drops of cold rain on a scorching hot summer’s day.  I created this salad with a few of my other favourite ingredients.  Pears are such an underrated fruit, but they have a fantastic flavour and texture. Conference pears are my favourite variety of pear. I also used a delicately flavoured Irish goat’s cheese to give this salad a touch of creaminess. More …

Asparagus Salad with Blue Cheese

When asparagus is in season, I think it’s so delicious that it deserves its own course. I hate to see asparagus sidelined to the edge of the plate. It has such a delicate but distinctive flavour. This salad is the perfect summer starter with a chilled glass of white wine. It’s so bright and colourful, it just draws you in. A nice fresh vivid salad is so much more enticing than a drab collection of limp leaves and droopy tomatoes. I recently bought some lovely fresh green and white asparagus spears and married them together for this dish. More …

Anchovy and egg salad with aioli

I think it’s probably safe to say that the Irish summer is well and truly over. Rain is pelting down and attacking the windows and the trees outside are being whipped of their leaves. Autumn is most definitely upon us, so this may be the last summery salad that I post for a while. I saw this salad on Rick Stein’s Spain on BBC and just had to make it. I am not generally a fan of anchovies on their own, though I like them in dressings or sauces. So, I wanted to try this salad as a way of starting to appreciate the humble anchovy. This salad really relies on the quality of ingredients, so good anchovies and free range eggs are a must. The accompanying aioli is so delicious, that, I’d nearly eat it alone with  a spoon. This salad makes a great starter or tea-time snack and it definitely convinced me to eat more anchovies. More …

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