A great looking, great tasting salad for your next picnic. This would be the ideal menu to bring to a Bank Holiday lunch “al fresco” and in the sun…
- Bunch of mint (fresh pepper mint is best)
- 1 cucumber, seeded
- Strawberry, 1 punnet
- Feta cheese, 1 cubed slab
- Pedro Jimenez reduction or Balsamic vinegar
This came to me in flash as I was trying to use a punnet of strawberries but in a savoury way. I thought that strawberries are great with cracked pepper but also with mint and from then on I imagined to pair them with the amazing “chocolate peppermint” I have been growing in my front garden. It is a spicy tasting plant with a real smell of “After eight” and the taste of strong Hollywood chewing gum! It is wonderful in that salad but sweet moroccan mint would be nice too.
Chop the strawberries and cucumber a similar size cubes and same with the cheese – although the cheese is pleasant in adding a bit of salt in there, it is by no means essential. It might even distract a bit from the wholesome simplicity of flavours so I have sometimes omitted it.
Dress with a simple drizzle of balsamic vinegar or my favourite Pedro Jimenez reduction. It hardly needs anything else and if it did it would be a hint of black pepper, if your fruit are a little bland. Toss and serve.
A healthy, skinny and super tasty salad.
Our first picnic of the year was in Hyde park and this is what we carried:
(The gorgeous metal plate are Heritage designs printed for the Wallace collection by Elite Gift `boxes) Many happy memories are created around picnics so choose your spot, your day, your company and make it a picnic to remember…