Warm spring vegetable salad

    A warm salad packed to the brim with fresh green beans, peas and lightly fried garlic and leeks. The dressing is light and lemony with added flavour from fresh mint. A lovely springtime side dish!


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 25g (1 oz) butter
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 300g (10½ oz) leeks, chopped
    • 225g (8 oz) green beans
    • 125g (4½ oz) peas, defrosted if frozen
    • 150ml (5 fl oz) vegetable stock
    • 225g (8 oz) escarole or frisée
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mixed chervil, chives and mint
    • Juice of ½ lemon
    • Salt and black pepper
    • To garnish: fresh chives and mint

    Method
    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Melt the butter in a deep frying pan or saucepan, add the garlic and leeks and sauté them for 5 minutes, or until they have softened. Add the green beans and peas and continue sautéeing for a further 2 minutes.
    2. Pour in the stock, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Separate the leaves of the escarole or frisée, add them to the pan, cover and continue simmering for a further 5 minutes, or until all the vegetables are tender.
    3. Stir in the herbs, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Serve garnished with fresh chives and mint.

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