It is beautifully warm and it feels like summer but unfortunately I’ve been cooped up at work. It’s rather miserable normally but even more so when you have to watch the blue sky through a window. The hours dissapear and the nice weather with it! So to cheer myself up I come home and lose myself in cooking. I made a delicious salad this week which is perfect for a warm day.
I like to make salads on days when perhaps I haven’t got as much time to spend cooking after work. Generally salads are simple, you prepare your components and then throw them together. This recipe is no different, although some elements require a little cooking, but it’s still easy.
I used to think the salad we had when we lived at home was the only type of salad you could have, usually including salad leaves, peppers, tomatoes and cucumber, until I looked outside the box and started to experiment when I left home. I’m not saying that simple isn’t good, sometimes you need simple; but sometimes a change is good.
I like to make the most of the contrast between hot and cold in food. The cold salad leaves and hard boiled egg against the warmth of the meat and tenderstem broccoli is really really nice.
Both the rocket and watercress are strong and peppery and work well with the softness in the other components of this salad. Tenderstem broccoli is (as the name gives away) so tender that you don’t even have to cook it, although I chose to steam it in this recipe. It doesn’t even need any prep, just cook as it is! It is a more expensive ingredient but as always you can substitute for normal broccoli. Finally, I cannot forget to mention that the dressing really does add the finishing touch to this flavour filled salad.
I can’t stop ranting about how delicious this is, every part of it brings something different to the table (excuse the pun).
Chicken and Bacon Salad with Tenderstem Broccoli
4 eggs (hard boiled with shells removed)
150 g sping onions (sliced)
4 or 5, about 500 g, boneless chicken thighs or chicken breast (cut into rough chunks)
150 g streaky bacon (sliced)
250 g tenderstem broccoli
70 g rocket
85 g watercress
For the dressing
1/2 tsp mustard
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil