In fact I think we eat more salad vegetables than any other type at this time of year. Salads are so quick and easy and a lot less cooking too.
You get what you pay for
Do you ever do that? Go for a cheaper option when one of your kitchen gadgets dies and instantly regret it?
I should have known better than to buy cheap. You would think I had learned that lesson over the years. I’d hate to add up the money I have wasted buying a bargain.
Seriously, when you buy kitchen gadgets you need to spend a bit of money if you want something that will do the job well. I have wasted money on cheap blenders, bread makers, grills and even handheld hoovers and I now know the truth that buying cheap is not a saving but a waste of money. I recently made the same mistake with the aforementioned hand held hoover.
Will I ever learn?
- Blender – Optimum 9400 (a powerful beast with a hand dial for extra precision and a small jug for things like pesto, hummus and nut butters)
- Bread Maker – Sage Custom Loaf Pro (easy to use, lots of settings, a dispenser for adding nuts, seeds and fruit during proving and no big whole in the bottom of the bread. Oh and the loaves are easy to remove.)
- Grill – Tefal Optigrill + (It has a good weight to it, different temperatures, is easy to use and the plates pop off to wash in the dishwasher.)
- Handheld Hoover – Dyson (choose any of them, they are powerful, hold a good charge, are easy to clean with no bags. Just don’t throw yours away if it dies, apparently the repair them. Wish I’d known that!)
Back to the recipe
Well I totally got distracted from my recipe with my little rant there, didn’t I? This didn’t start out as a sales post, but some things really irritate me!
I also grilled some sliced carrot and courgette, teamed it with fresh salad and dressed it with some pesto that was thinned down with a little olive oil.
Smashed Potato Salad with Pesto Dressing
A grilled potato salad with grilled vegetables and fresh salad, dressed with dairy-free pesto dressing.
- 6 baby potatoes (not the teeny ones), boiled or steamed until cooked but firm
- 1 small courgettes, sliced
- ½ medium carrot, thinly sliced
- 100g salad leaves
- ¼ cucumber, sliced
- 6 tbsp dairy-free pesto (or your favourite pesto)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- a good grinding of black pepper
1. Heat your grill. 2. Grill the carrot and courgette slices until soft and set aside. 3. Next grill the potatoes, pressing down on the grill to smoosh the potatoes.4. While the potatoes are grilling, fill two plates with salad leaves, then top with cucumber and the grilled vegetables.5. Mix the pesto with the olive oil and season with pepper.6. Add the grilled potatoes to the salad and drizzle with the dressing.7.Enjoy!
Yield: Makes 2 main course salads