Fresh parma ham & minted pea salad recipe

With the sun making a welcome appearance this week and Easter just around the corner, I thought I’d get invest in some fresh ingredients to create a delicious spring salad. I searched online and found an excellent recipe for a parma ham, buffalo mozzarella and pea salad called ‘A Taste of Newcastle’ by chef Andrew Scott. As this contained all of my favourite foods, I gathered together the ingredients and set to work recreating this famous dish and here’s how I got on:summer salad recipe-6

Ingredients: Buffalo mozzarella, parma ham, asparagus, mixed salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, 75g peas, 25ml whipping cream, 3 sprigs of fresh mint, 1/4 of an onion, juice of 1/2 lemon, 25ml olive oil, pine kernelssummer salad recipe summer salad recipe-2

  • Blanch the asparagus
  • Sweat off the finely diced onion, add the peas until cooked through with the cream and mint leaves.
  • Blitz the pea mixture in a food processor, then season to tastesummer salad recipe-3
  • Add lemon juice to the olive oil and whisk
  • Halve the cherry tomatoes and arrange on a plate with the mixed salad leaves
  • Slice the mozzarella, and top the salad with the Parma ham, mozzarella and asparagus
  • Pipe the pea puree onto the plate, drizzle the olive oil mixture over the salad and scatter a few pine kernels top

summer salad recipe-6 summer salad recipe-4I think this recipe would be ideal as a starter for your Easter meal or could be a delicious lunch on its own. I’ve actually made the pea puree again and have used it as a fresh pesto for pasta, which is absolutely gorgeous! summer salad recipe-5Let me know if you try out this recipe for yourself this Easter and tweet me your photos to @Cassiefairy.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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