Autumn chestnut salad

Autumn chestnut salad

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4 - 6
Ready-cooked chestnuts add an interesting bite to this seasonal salad

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal396
  • fat23g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre0g
  • protein9g
  • salt1.45g


  • 3 slices crusty bread, cut into small cubes
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 70g pack lamb's lettuce
    Lamb's lettuce

    Lamb's lettuce

    lams lett-ess

    Sometimes known as Corn Salad, lamb's lettuce has long spoon-shaped dark leaves and a…

  • 175g cooked chestnut, broken into bite-sized pieces



    'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...' that kitsch old Nat King Cole song perfectly…

  • 200g cooked beetroot (not in vinegar), peeled and diced



    A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…

  • 4-6 slices serrano ham, halved
  • 1 eating apple



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

For the dressing

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp walnut oil


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Toss the bread with the olive oil in a small roasting tin. Season with salt and pepper, spread out over a single layer, then bake for 12-15 mins until the bread is browned and crisp. Tip onto a plate lined with kitchen paper, then leave to cool.

  2. For the dressing, mix the onion with the vinegar in a small bowl, then leave for 10 mins. Combine the mustard and oil, season with salt and pepper, then whisk until slightly thickened. Stir into the onions, then set aside.

  3. Tip the lettuce into a large bowl. Add the chestnuts to the bowl with the beetroot. Heat a non-stick pan, add the ham, then fry quickly on each side until crisp. Just before serving, thinly slice the apple, then add to the bowl with the croutons. Add the dressing, then toss everything together until glistening. Pile onto 4 or 6 plates and set 2 pieces of ham on top of each.

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3rd Nov, 2011
We used chestnuts from the local woods which were delicious. The combination of flavours is lovely - so many different flavours on one plate!! Definitely a 'keep'!
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