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Layered salad with Parmesan croutons

Layered salad with Parmesan croutons

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  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Saturday Kitchen's presenter and top chef James Martin shares his simple idea for a leafy side dish with a few added extras

Nutrition: per serving
low insalt0.62g


  • 3 thick slices white bread (day old is better)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil , plus extra for greasing
  • 75g /2½ fl oz parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), 25g grated, 50g shaved
  • 500g new potatoes , thickly sliced
  • 200g green beans
  • 4 Baby Gem lettuces , leaves separated and torn

For the dressing

  • 150g pot fat-free yogurt
  • 25g parmesan , finely grated
  • juice ½-1 lemon , depending on taste
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • dash Tabasco sauce
  • 1 garlic clove , crushed


  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Cut the bread into bite-sized chunks and toss with the olive oil and some seasoning. Put onto a well-oiled baking tray and sprinkle on the grated Parmesan – try to get it on the bread as much as possible, rather than the tray, or it will stick. Cook for 10-12 mins until golden and crisp. Remove and cool.

  • STEP 2

    Cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling water for about 8 mins, then add the green beans and cook for about 2-3 mins more until both are tender. Drain and cool under cold running water, then set aside. Mix all the dressing ingredients with some seasoning and pour into the bottom of a large, deep container or bowl.

  • STEP 3

    Layer up the salad on top of the dressing, starting with the potatoes, then the green beans, the salad leaves, the shaved Parmesan and finally the croutons. It is important to layer the salad in this order to stop the leaves wilting or the croutons going soggy. Chill until ready to go. To serve, toss all the ingredients together.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2011


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