Winter and salads aren’t usual companions. Wind howling outside and rain coming at the window in horizontal sheets, the Thames over-topping its banks and flooding houses, the Levels have been flooded since Christmas. It’s a miserable winter, and a salad isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as ‘comfort food’. But take a look at this.
Warm salad. Roasted beet root, warm sliced potatoes, charred onions and roasted garlic – all tossed together while still hot in a whole-grain mustard vinaigrette dressing made from 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar, and a dollop of mustard (wholegrain). A pinch of salt (if required) and a grind of black pepper, too. Then I tossed some black beans across the top, hard-cooked eggs, some chopped green peppers and tomatoes, and stuck a few slices of moist, dense (Danish-style) rye bread into it.
It was quite delicious. And surprisingly filling. Just goes to show that salads aren’t just for summer!
Do you long for salads during the winter months?