Since baby number three is now seven months old i have decided it is now time to diet, as i have a lot of baby weight to lose and can no longer keep using the excuse " i have just had a baby ". Whenever i think of diets i always think of boring tasteless salads that taste nothing at all like the yummy ones i have when i eat out. So when Joe Blogs contacted me to see if i would like to take part in recreating a salad recipe from Newcastle's Copthorne hotel's head chef Andrew Scott i thought it would be the perfect to time to see if i could make a healthy salad taste tasty.
The salad is made up of buffalo mozzarella with Parma ham, asparagus and cherry tomatoes on a bed of mixed lettuce leaves drizzled with a lemon, lime and olive oil dressing and with a pea puree side and a scattering of pine nuts. And you view the full recipe yourself A taste Of Newcastle here.
We were sent the ingredients to recreate the recipe and it looked and sounded easy enough to make , even for a terrible cook like myself. Firstly i had to blanch the asparagus, then i was meant to make a pea puree but i was unable to as my daughter is weirdly allergic to peas. I then arranged the salad on the plate and added the chopped cherry tomatoes and topped it off with the mozzarella, parma ham and asparagus before drizzling over some dressing and a few pine nuts.
The salad was super easy to make and very quick and took me less then ten minutes to prepare. It tasted delicious and all the ingredients worked wonderfully together and it is a perfect quick and easy meal for spring and summer. My photos and preparation skills are not the best, so i would recommend taking a look at just how amazing the salad can actually look on the website yourself so you can see how mouthwatering it really is.