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A perfect storm of intense summer tastes, this salad is well worth the slight effort it takes to make. The samphire acts as the base in place of salad leaf and lends a mineral richness. Be aware of its inherent saltiness and don't over season the other ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 200g samphire
  • 1kg broad beans in their pods
  • 2-3 spring onions, trimmed & sliced thinly at an angle
  • 2 thick-cut slices day old bread
  • Small bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • for the dressing:
  • ½ garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½ lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 120°C/Gas ½. Slice the tomatoes in half and lay face up on a baking tray. Season lightly with salt and pepper and a scant swish of olive oil.
  2. Cook in the oven for 40-50 minutes - you want them lightly cooked and dried out to concentrate the sweetness.
  3. Trim any tough stalks from the samphire, blanch in boiling water for 60 seconds, cool in iced water, drain and pat dry.
  4. Pod the beans, blanch in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, cool in iced water and slip from their skins (a fun and tactile job until you exceed the need for more than a few kilos).
  5. For the croutons, cut the bread into 2cm squares, or pull into small course chucks if you are feeling overwhelmingly rustic on the day.
  6. Turn the oven up to 200 ̊C/Gas 6, lay the bread on a shallow baking tray and season with olive oil and a small amount of salt.
  7. Toss the bread in the oil as if dressing a salad so that the bread soaks up as much oil as possible. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, turning once half way through, until golden and slightly crisp.
  8. For the dressing finely crush the garlic with a small pinch of salt, add the mayo a squeeze of lemon juice.
  9. Whisk together and thin in to a dressing by adding olive oil. Add more lemon and seasoning to taste.
  10. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and throw together with the dressing. Try not to fight over the croutons.
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