Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Recipe of the week - Ottolenghi Inspired Orange & Hazelnut Summer Salad
This delicious Orange and Hazelnut Summer Salad is inspired by Ottolenghi's famous green bean, orange and hazelnut salad which is honestly one of the yummiest salads at anytime of the year. I actually use a combo of watercress instead of green beans because that's what I had, but you can use anything green you have.
The combination of the orange and hazelnut marry so well together and bring a completely new dimension to boring old green veg. This salad makes a very welcome change in our house from the standard lettuce, cucumber and tomato with olive oil and balsamic.
The dressing is also great drizzled over freshly steamed broccoli to accompany a light summer roast.
Large bunch of watercress
Bag of mange tout
Large handful of hazelnuts
Zest of an orange
Handful of chives
For the dressing
The best olive oil you can afford
A couple of glugs of hazelnut oil
1 garlic clove crushed
Juice of 1 orange
Salt & pepper to taste
Wash the watercress and scatter over a shallow bowl. Steam the mange tout and plunge in a bowl of iced water to cool and preserve the colour and crispness, then dry and scatter over the watercress.
Roast the hazelnuts in the oven for 10 minutes, when cooled chop roughly with a large knife, sprinkle over the greens along with the grated zest of an orange. Using scissors snip the chives in long pieces over the salad.
For the dressing mix all the ingredients together depending on taste. (I sometimes skip the garlic if I don't want to be smelling of garlic for a week.) Drizzle over the salad just prior to serving.