Thursday, 31 March 2011

Mpekweni salad

This salad doesn't really have a name, but the recipe was given to me many years ago (c. 1986) by the chef at Mpekweni holiday resort. My boyfriend and I used to travel there every weekend to sing in the restaurant, and we got to know the staff very well.

This is another recipe that involves a raw egg, but you can substitute that very easily with a salad dressing of your own choice. My favourite salad dressing is just equal parts balsamic vinegar and olive oil, anyway. I have used that for this salad, too, and it works.

As with most salad recipes, the quantities in each case are 'some'. Just go with your instincts and then tweak it to your preference.

Hard cheese, cubed - Cheddar and/or feta work well
Salami - cubed
Bamboo shoots
Onion finely sliced

Equal quantities of olive oil and lemon juice
Small sprig of fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

There isn't really a 'method' here. Just bung all the salad ingredients in a bowl and toss them slightly to distribute them. Then beat the dressing ingredients and pour them over the whole thing.

Et voila!

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