Broad Bean & Bacon Summer Salad

Broad Bean & Bacon Summer Salad
Broad Bean & Bacon Summer Salad
Serves 4
If all you see is upturned noses from your kids at the mention of "salad" then give this fresh broad bean and bacon summer salad a go. It makes a light and easy lunch or supper for the whole family. Even the die hard salad haters I made it with loved it. Luckily 'tis the season for delicious broad beans and fresh peas, which kids can have great fun podding (or off season you can use frozen of course) and the crispy bacon and cheesy croutons can't fail to be a hit. (For a vegetarian version just leave out the bacon.)
  1. 10 medium new potatoes (scrubbed)
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 2 thick slices of white bread (crusts removed)
  4. 4 tablespoons grated parmesan
  5. 4 rashers of British back bacon (cut into chunks)
  6. 100g fresh broad beans (podded)
  7. 100g fresh peas (podded)
  8. Large handful of Little Gem leaves (washed and finely chopped)
For the dressing
  1. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 lemon
  3. 2 tablespoon creme fraiche
  4. 1/2 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan)
  2. Chop the new potatoes into quarters and tip them into a large baking tray
  3. Toss them in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and some salt and pepper, then put in the oven for 15 minutes
  4. Cut the bread into chunks and put it in a bowl
  5. Drizzle it with a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle over the parmesan, mix well then add it to the potatoes along with the bacon and return the whole lot to the oven for another 15 minutes until everything is golden brown
  6. Meanwhile, bring a pan of water to the boil and add the broad beans
  7. Cook the beans for four minutes, then drain and immerse them in a bowl of cold water
  8. Pinch the beans at one end to squeeze out the bright green inner bean, and discard the skins
  9. In a large bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients together and season with a good pinch of salt and pepper
  10. Add the cooked potatoes and bacon, croutons, broad beans, podded peas and lettuce and toss the whole lot together until everything is well coated, then serve with crusty bread
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