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Autumn vegetable salad with saffron dressing served in a bowl

Autumn vegetable salad with saffron dressing

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Serves 6 as a side

Enjoy this stunning autumn salad as a side dish at a dinner party. It features carrots, courgette, broccoli, tomatoes and olives in a lovely saffron dressing

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving


  • 12 rainbow carrots , tops left on, washed and peeled
  • 1 medium courgette , sliced
  • 8 stalks long-stem broccoli , any thick stalks halved lengthways
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 100g mixed cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 4 spring onions , thinly sliced at an angle
  • 3 plum tomatoes , scored, blanched, peeled, deseeded and cut into small pieces
  • handful black olives , stoned and sliced
  • ½ cucumber , cut lengthways, seeds removed and sliced at the angle
  • 3 tbsp roughly chopped basil

For the dressing

  • 20ml cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • pinch saffron strands
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 50ml extra virgin rapeseed oil
  • 1 small shallot , finely chopped


  • STEP 1

    Heat a griddle pan over a medium-high heat. Tip the carrots, courgettes and broccoli into a large mixing bowl, lightly season and toss together with the rapeseed oil. Once the griddle is hot, add the vegetables in batches and leave to slightly char for around 3-4 mins, then transfer back to the bowl. When all the veg is charred, add the remaining salad ingredients, toss together and set aside.

  • STEP 2

    To make the saffron dressing, whisk the vinegar, mustard, saffron and sugar together in a bowl with a pinch of salt until the sugar has dissolved. Whisk in the oil gradually, then stir in the shallots. Dress the salad and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2019

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