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This is the kind of challenge I love! Can you create a salad that can be made in under 60 seconds?
Florette Salad challenged it's customers to do just this. So I got my little grey cells into action.
It's very easy to just think of a few of your favourite ingredients and chuck them in a bowl together, but I didn't want to be guilty of devising a bland, dry salad that looks good on paper, but would leave you gasping for a jug of water at the end of it. So a dressing is essential. This was my starting point. I'm always making honey and mustard dressings at home, as it only needs 4 store cupboard ingredients to make.
From this as my base idea, I then decided how well pork marries with the honey and mustard elements of the dressing, and so too does apple, and a few moments later my salad was born....
Ham, apple and Brie Salad, with a Honey and Mustard dressing!
Remember there's only a minute to make this so, I didn't want to over complicate things. This I feel is a well balanced salad, with sweet, and savoury elements, fruit to add texture and interest, and Brie for that added indulgence, all brought together with a tasty dressing. It also has an all year round appeal, great for all family members, and the ingredients are easy to come about in their raw state - so no cooking needed!!
I was invited to London to showcase my salad making skills in front of the camera, and explain a bit about it.
5 of us regional finalists now go head to head on Facebook for the public to vote which salad they prefer. The winning dish will appear on a national TV advert this summer.
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Ham, apple and Brie Salad, with a Honey and Mustard dressing
- 1 Bag of Florette Sweet Crispy Salad Leaves
- 1 Apple
- 100g Brie
- 100g Wiltshire Cured Ham
- 1tbsp Wholegrain Mustard
- 1 tbsp runny Honey
- 3tbsp Olive Oil
- 2tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
Lay the sliced apple next to the wedge of brie and ham slices, and using a large knife quickly finely slice all three together.
Shake or whisk the dressing ingredients together and dress the salad leaves, tossing through the sliced ham, brie and apple