I have always tried to eat local & seasonal food but since I moved to Ireland I use lots of imported ingredients to make salads (tomatoes, melons, etc.). Last Saturday, I finally made my first “Irish salad” – All the ingredients, except the Spanish cherry tomatoes, the raisins and the pumkin seeds are locally sourced – to be honest I could probably have done without them but I wanted to add some colours .
Here is my recipe for an Irish summery salad:
- Lettuce (I)
- Salad Leaves (*)
- Baby Carrots (*)
- 1 Apple (I)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Sunflower seeds (*)
- Pumpkin seeds
- Irish Cheddar (I)
- Glebe Brethan – hard comte style cheese) (I)
- Parsley (*)
- Thym (*)
- Chives (*)
(*) Ingredients from my balcony
(I) Other local ingredients.
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Bascally, wash, cut and mix all these ingredients ;).
I have then added a very simple and easy to make dressing:
Salt, pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of mustard, 1 table spoon of rapeseed oil and one table spoon of cider vinegar. Rapeseed oil and cider vinegar are both produce in Ireland – I really like Llewellyn’s premium Irish cider vinegar.
Serve with a slice of bread and enjoy your diner….
Have you ever tried to cook a diner using only local ingredients?