Route 79 : French-style Salad

The effects of feeling hungry on the way home

May 10 2004

Route 79 French-style Salad

Yep - this is a salad that can be used as an accompaniment for somosas - or chicken wings - or whatever you like. It's my very own attempt at a French-style salad comprising fine green-beans, potatoes, tomatoes and roasted peppers.

Here's what you start with:

Ingredients used in this salad

Basically - it's the following quantities:

150 grams of fine green beans
4 capsicums (peppers) in different colours - e.g. red, green, yellow, orange etc.
Some cherry tomatoes
Some "new" potatoes - I always use "Jersey Royal" potatoes at this time of year - as they are especially delicious!

Start by roasting the peppers. Slice them lengthways into 3 cm-wide slices - and lay them out on a baking tray whilst you preheat the oven at 230 Celcius. Drizzle some olive oil over the peppers right there on the tray. Then stick in the oven for about 20 mins - turning over halfway.

Whilst the peppers are roasting - chop the cherry tomatoes into quarters ( or halves if they are particularly small) and also chop the green beans in half too.

Boil the green beans and rinsed potatoes in two separate saucepans - until they are softish. Not too soft - but soft enough to bite into pleasurably. Make sure you turn over the roasting peppers at some point.

When the potatoes are boiled - drain them - and lay them out on a plate to cool - and chop them in half.

When the peppers are fully roaste (and burnt around the edges) place them immediately into a plastic bag (e.g. sandwich or freezer bag) and seal it up and let it sit on the worktop for around 10 minutes. This will loosen the skin from the peppers so that they are easy to peel off.

Peel off the skins from the peppers using your hands - and discard. Then chop the resultant pepper fleshes into bite-sized pieces.

After the potatoes, green beans and peppers have all cooled off - mix them into a bowl with the cherry tomato quarters - and stir in some of your favourite salad dressing - which in my case is French vinaigrette - but with a balsamic vinegar twist!

Place the bowl in a fridge for around half hour - and then your salad is ready to serve: perfect with spicy hot chicken wings - or samosas - or whatever you like!

French-Style salad with samosas

Have you tried this? Even if you haven't - let me know what you think!
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