Italian Inspired Spring Salad

May 17, 2016Sew White

Sisley Dinner Party Dish Starter 1
I’ve recently become the food news writer at Time & Leisure magazine for the Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Putney and Barnes issue. YAY. It’s been so much fun and I love it too. Getting to come up with new recipes and see them in print in my local area has been very exciting. I have been working on a series of recipes and my favourite which was featured in the April issue was the Italian inspired salad. A mix of my favourite things altogether and ready for the summer. This would make a wonderful starter for a dinner party.

Italian Inspired Spring Salad
Author: Sisley White
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  • 500g cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Medium sprig of fresh thyme
  • Sprinkle of dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • Half a red chilli (optional)
  • 200g mozzarella
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 200g baby leaf salad
  • 10 mint leaves
  • Medium sprig of fresh thyme and oregano
  • 200g Parma ham
  • 200g thinly sliced Italian salami
  • For the Dressing: 8 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of smooth French mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 200° C.
  2. Chop the tomatoes into quarters and place in an oven proof dish. Finely chop the garlic and chilli and mix into the tomatoes.
  3. Sprinkle over the salt, pepper and sugar.
  4. Drizzle the oil over and cook for 30 minutes. Leave to cool.
  5. Make the complete salad a few hours before serving.
  6. In a large serving bowl mix the baby leaf salad with mint and thyme.
  7. Rip apart the mozzarella and stud the salad with the pieces.
  8. Pull apart the Parma Ham and Salami and add to the dish.
  9. Peel the avocado, remove the stone and chop up into bite size pieces.
  10. Put them in a separate bowl and lightly coat in lemon juice to stop them browning.
  11. Add to the salad.
  12. Spoon out the tomatoes and add them to the dish.
  13. Keep the juice in the bottom of the oven dish and add the other dressing ingredients to it. Whisk it until combined.
  14. Add a little extra sugar or lemon to taste.
  15. Keep the dressing separate until ready to serve and then drizzle it over the salad.
  16. Serve with fresh crusty bread.

If I ate this everyday I think I’d be a very happy girl.
Plus I think it’s mostly healthy right?

Sisley Dinner Party Dish Starter 2


  • Janice

    May 22, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Great to see you blogging again Sisley. That looks like a gorgeous salad, very much my kind of meal when the sun shines.

    1. Janice

      May 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      oh and congratulations on your job, you deserve success!

      1. Sew White

        May 26, 2016 at 5:47 pm

        Thank you so much Janice, Really loving it and leaning so much!

    2. Sew White

      May 26, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you! It’s good to be back. It’s far too long!

  • Emily

    May 23, 2016 at 8:15 am

    This looks like my idea salad! Yum! I had a balsamic mushroom, cherry tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella salad at the weekend – perfect for this weather x

    1. Sew White

      May 26, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      I love the idea of mushrooms in it too! Would be a great addition. I will have to try it.

  • Kerry at Kerry Cooks

    May 23, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Congratulations in getting your work published! That’s great! It looks delicious and definitely healthy enough to eat every day!

    1. Sew White

      May 26, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      thank you Kerry! It is a bit surreal but I’m loving it. Getting to make my favourite dishes isn’t a bad perk too!

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