Mixed mushroom & ham salad

Mixed mushroom & ham salad

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(5 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins - 25 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 6
A fresh and vibrant salad with a fantastic mix of flavours and textures, ready in half an hour, by Gary Rhodes

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal315
  • fat29g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.8g


  • 2 flat mushrooms
  • 100g chestnut mushrooms
  • 100g button mushrooms
  • 100g extra fine green beans, stalks trimmed
  • generous knob of butter and olive oil for frying



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 6 slices Parma ham
  • 4 Little Gem lettuces, leaves separated and rinsed
  • 6 eggs, boiled and halved



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

For the dressing

  • 8 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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  • 1 tbsp lime juice



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 tbsp each parsley and tarragon leaves



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 1 tbsp basil, chervil or dill leaves



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard


  1. Trim the stalks from the mushrooms and cut each flat mushroom into thick slices. Leave the chestnut and buttons whole if small, or halve if large. Cook the beans in boiling salted water for just a few mins so they stay crisp. Drain under cold running water to quickly cool.

  2. To make the dressing, blitz all of the ingredients together in a food processor, adding an extra teaspoon of mustard if you like. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the dressing into a screw-top jar, giving it a good shake before using.

  3. Season the mushrooms. heat the butter and a drizzle of oil in a large frying pan. Add the mushrooms and fry them over a high heat, turning a few times. After a few mins, when the mushrooms have taken on a roasted colour and become tender, transfer them to a bowl. Shake a little dressing on top of the mushrooms. Can be prepared to this point up to 2 hours ahead.

  4. Tear the Parma ham into pieces. Whisk the mushroom juices into the rest of the dressing. lay some of the lettuce leaves on a large platter, then layer up the rest quite casually with the mushrooms, Parma ham, eggs and any extra herb sprigs.

  5. Drizzle the dressing liberally over the salad and serve.

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3rd Dec, 2014
Delicious salad even though I didn't have fresh herbs to put in the dressing.
17th Sep, 2012
This was loved by my salad weary kids. The dressing is sublime. I used this as a main course, served with potato salad, bread, cheese board etc. Due to the large numbers and varying likes/dislikes - the main salad was in a bowl, eggs in another, mushrooms in another, meat in another, veggie options on another serving dish and everyone made their own combined salad on their plate - one meal happily eaten by all, and those who don't like meat, mushrooms, boiled eggs were all happy and loved it. Also, poached instead of boiled eggs works well. It is simply a sublime salad - and a sublime simple salad.
29th May, 2011
This salad is absolutely delicious. I made it as a starter for a dinner party last night and it went down a storm! I'm surprised this recipe hasn't got more ratings as it really is special and the dressing is out of this world! :-)
30th Oct, 2008
I added croutons and crunchy grilled bacon bacon pieces, then served with wholemeal bread strips
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