One of the gifts I received at Christmas was a lovely set of flavoured oils and vinegars in a stand. There are all sorts of oils, from chilli oil to basil oil and lemon oil. I have been admiring them for some time but not yet got around to using them. With the weather getting warmer it seemed the ideal time to give them a try. I decided to make a salad with a vinaigrette dressing. The other day I had bought some new potatoes and green beans which were the ideal base for a salade parisienne.
A salad parsienne consists of potatoes, green beans and lettuce carefully mixed in a vinagarette dressing. Meat, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes and cheese are then added. I used ham, but you could use left over beef or pork from a roast dinner. Top it off with a good sprinkle of chives and all is well with the world. It is not a diet salad, more a main meal. It is perfect for blustery spring days where the sun shines outside but the wind is chilly. It will make you think of long lazy summer days ahead whilst leaving you feeling full and contented. The vinaigrette dressing adds just the right amount of bite to bring out the flavour of the salad.
I used Happy Eggs to make the salad, free range eggs which are more tasty. This also gave me the chance to try out some of the food photography tips they sent me by Marte Marie Forsberg. One of my aims this year has been to improve my photography so I was happy to give this a try. There were some useful tips including using one main light source and thinking about composition of the photo. I had a play around with different accessories to create slightly different looking shots.
The good thing about salad is it is cold, so I was able to play around and take lots of shots without having to worry about my dinner getting cool. After all that photography it was a pleasure to eat the salad. There is something about thinking things out that seemed to make me more hungry. It was definitely worth the wait.
I am adding this recipe to the May Cooking with Herbs challenge on Lavender and Lovage as it contains chives. As it contains eggs and is savoury I am also linking up to Simply Eggcellent on Belleau Kitchen