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Monday, 26 June 2017

Parma ham, walnut and roquefort salad


This is a favourite salad of ours, although I do not add the optional croutons. It always looks so colourful and inviting on the plate ... and from the first mouthful to the last is delicious! 

Ingredients:
Serves Four
300g Parma ham
2 large chicory heads, trimmed, leaves separated and washed
50g walnut halves, roughly broken
150g Roquefort cheese
50g parmesan
4-5tbsp ready-made salad dressing - check the carb content
fresh bread for croutons - optional
20ml oil
4 hardboiled eggs
4 salad tomatoes, quartered
few rocket (arugula) leaves for garnish

Method:

1. Cut the larger chicory leaves in half lengthways, place all the leaves in a large bowl and sprinkle with the walnuts. Cut the Roquefort into small cubes and scatter over the salad.
2. Shave the parmesan into wafer-thin slices using a potato peeler and sprinkle on top. Drizzle over the dressing and toss the salad thoroughly. Arrange on 4 plates and add the Parma ham, egg, optional croutons and tomatoes. Finally, garnish with a few rocket (arugula) leaves.

Per Serving:
Carbohydrate 12g Protein 42.4g Fibre 2.9g Fat 53g
From Tesco Real Food Here

Did you know Chicory, also known as endive, is a forced crop, grown in complete darkness, which accounts for its blanched white, yellow-tipped leaves. It has a distinctive, cigar-like shape, about 12cm long, and the crisp leaves have a mildly bitter flavour.


Availability
All year round, but the British season is from January to mid March.
Choose the best

Look for firm, crisp leaves and avoid those with green tips, as they'll be very bitter.
Prepare it

If the end is cracked or discoloured, trim it off, then remove any limp outer leaves. Then, depending on how you want to use it, either leave whole, separate the leaves, or slice lengthways into halves or quarters. Once cut, brush with lemon juice to prevent discolouration.
Store it

It will last for around a week in a perforated bag in the fridge.
Alternatives

Try radicchio.

A variety of recipe ideas and articles are found within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

34 comments:

Nikki (Sarah) said...

Hey Jan and Eddie - this is perfect for summer. Light and easy. Wishing you guys an amazing summer. Thanks for these simple step by step recipes.

Blogoratti said...

Interesting fact about it being grown in darkness, and it looks really nice, thanks for the recipe. Have a nice week!

Tom said...

...nice on a summer day!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it does look like a perfect meal for summer. A great salad recipe. Thanks!

Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Will bookmark this one for when the weather warms up a bit Jan, it was 4C when I woke up this morning.. mind you that was at 6.30am. It did warm up a bit 😊

Debbie said...

this sounds so flavorful and good, a great choice of ingredients for summer!!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Jan!:) I make a similar meal but without the chicory, which my hubby doesn't like. I didn't know it was grown in the dark.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks delicious! I love salads like this that have some protein in them. If I don't have a little protein I feel hungry soon after.

Paul1976 said...

I'd have payed decent money for this fine plate of summer fayre even in my non low carb days prior to diagnosis...Us low carbers can never lose with food like this! :-)

Best regards

Paul

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

That salad looks scrumptious. I love salads, anyway, but the easiest weay to get my husband to eat them is to add MEAT. :)

Connie said...

This looks like a lovely meal for the hot summer weather :)
Thanks for sharing.
Connie :)

Betsy Adams said...

Looks like a great Summer lunch..... We have something similar here most days for lunch. We have cottage cheese (1%), sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, sliced green onions, sliced baby carrots, and some chicken... We mix the cottage and chicken together and add to the top of the veggies....

Hugs,
Betsy

Lynn said...

Yum - that looks so good. I love roquefort cheese.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jan, this looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe and also for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment on my herb garden washboard design.
Have a great last week of June!! Hugs

Christine said...

Yummy classic salad!

Elephant's Child said...

I do love salads and am so grateful at the distance we have come since my childhood when iceberg lettuce, tomato and a bit of beetroot were all that was around.

Mary Kirkland said...

I'll have to pass on this one since the only ingredients I like from this are the eggs, walnuts and tomatoes.

Denise inVA said...

Oh my, everything looks so good and thanks for the tips.

Bob Bushell said...

Really nice without the 'ham'.

William Kendall said...

That sounds delicious!

Missy George said...

I would love that salad..The ham has a bit too much fat on it for me..I would have to peel it off ;)

Jan/JFM said...

Definitely my kind of food...looks delicious πŸ’Ÿ

Sandra Cox said...

Chicory...like coffee?

happyone said...

I'd leave out the eggs, don't like hard boiled eggs.
But it does look good and nice and colorful too.

Lowcarb team member said...

Sandra asked "Chicory...like coffee?"

Yes, "Chicory is a caffeine-free herb that is a popular coffee substitute. You will see chicory most often in New Orleans Coffee (or 'chicory coffee') recipes and it can be brewed and enjoyed on its own for its dark, rich flavor.
If you want to enjoy a coffee-like experience without turning to decaf, chicory is one of your best options. The flavor is very similar to regular coffee and because chicory naturally contains no caffeine, it appeals to a healthier, all-natural lifestyle."
Details and more to read here
https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-chicory-766431

All the best Jan

Linda said...

This looks scrumptious, Jan!

Jenn Jilks said...

I'm glad I just ate! I'd be very hungry!!!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Not sure what Parma ham is...

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

I don't think I've ever eaten chicory in a salad, although I have had chicory coffee. The salad looks wonderful! Such healthy wonderful ingredients would be lovely from the first bite to the last! :)

Mildred said...

Very interesting about the chicory and thank you for the delicious recipe. We purchased kale for salads yesterday.

Lowcarb team member said...

peppylady(Dora) said:
'Not sure what Parma ham is...'

"Parma ham is a type of dry-cured pork from the Parma region of Italy. It is one of the most well-known varieties of prosciutto crudo or uncooked ham. Parma ham is used in a wide range of meals, such as salads and pasta dishes, and can be enjoyed on its own as an appetizer or "antipasto." The process of preparing this ham involves careful selection of the meat and months of drying and curing."

Read more here
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-parma-ham.htm

All the best Jan

riitta k said...

This salad looks worth of trying for I love all the ingredients. Have to write a shopping list!

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

It was interesting reading about chicory, thank you.

Magic Love Crow said...

This looks so yummy Jan! Thank you!