Bean & Courgette Salad

This week in Melbourne we’ve had a handful of days over 20°C and it’s felt like spring in the air. Since then it’s back to reality with average temperatures but it was nice just to lift the spirits. With the hint of warm weather I found I was craving a big green salad.

I found this Courgette salad recipe of Jamie Oliver’s on his website and altered it a little bit and added green beans. I fried the courgettes with some oil that had sundried tomatoes in it so it had the beautiful flavour infused which added an extra dimension. I think the smell of fried courgettes is another one of those smells that to me are like heaven! Something about it reminds me of my grandmothers house. This salad, topped off with some parmasen cheese, was just delicious and exactly what my body was craving!

 

 

 

Bean & Courgette Salad

Serves 2-4 people

for the vinaigrette:

juice of half a fresh lemon juice
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp hot english mustard
1tsp wholegrain mustard
1 small garlic clove, crushed
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
1. Make the dressing beforehand by adding all ingredients together. I like to add them into an old jam jar and once all ingredients are added, pop the lid on and shake to mix it up. Season to taste.

for the salad:

good quality olive oil
2 courgettes
handful beans
1/2 red capsicum
1 clove garlic
sea salt & pepper
2-3 handfuls of mixed salad
tomatoes

1. Heat up a your good olive oil in a fry pan. Cut up your courgettes not too thick and not too thin. If they’re too thin they’ll fall apart (I’d probably cut mine a bit thicker next time).

2. Pop the courgettes in the pan along with your beans and fry until golden brown. Add the crushed garlic & capsicum and allow them to cook.

3. Once everything is golden brown, remove from heat. On a plate, add your mixed salad & tomatoes and place the contents of the pan over the mixed leaves. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the top and it’s ready for eating.

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