Wild rocket, broad bean, radish & Reggiano salad

This salad is a beautiful celebration of Spring, with lots of lovely contrasting textures and flavours.


Fresh from the garden: wild rocket, lettuces, broad beans, radishes, marjoram, edible flowers
Recipe source: Melissa, kitchen specialist Bondi PS


  • Saucepan & lid
  • Bowls – 2 large, 2 med, 1 small
  • Colander
  • 2 salad spinners
  • Paper towel
  • Mandoline
  • Potato peeler
  • Measuring – 1/4 cup, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • A small jar with lid
  • Plates or bowls to serve

  • 2 large handfuls of wild rocket
  • A handful lettuce leaves
  • 500g broad beans in pod
  • 4 radishes
  • 2 sprigs marjoram
  • 50g parmigiano-reggiano
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Flaked salt & black pepper
  • Wild rocket or nasturtium flowers

What to do:

  • Fill the saucepan with water & set to boil on high heat.
  • Pod the broad beans, discarding the outer shell into the compost and add beans to the boiling water. Fill a large bowl with cold water and have ready.
  • Boil the broad beans for 3 minutes, drain and then immediately refresh in the bowl of cold water. Drain again and double-pod by slipping the outer shell off into the compost. Reserve beans.
  • Wash the rocket & lettuces really well and spin dry in sections, reserving in a large clean, dry bowl. Wash & dry the marjoram sprigs, picking the leaves and leaving whole.
  • Using the potato peeler, shave off thin slices of parmesan into the small bowl.
  • Scrub the radishes clean, wipe dry and using the mandoline or a peeler, carefully slice into thin discs.
  • For the dressing, measure the olive oil, red wine vinegar and honey and pour them into the jar. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and then put the lid on & give the jar a good shake.
  • Drizzle the dressing around the large lettuce and rocket bowl and gently turn the leaves with your fingers.
  • Place the leaves in the serving bowls, scatter the broad beans and radish slices and then sprinkle over the marjoram leaves and parmesan shavings.
  • Finish by carefully placing the wild rocket flowers on top of the bowls of salad. Serve immediately!

Notes: Where does parmigiano-reggiano come from? Why do we use honey vinaigrette here instead of the lemony dressing? What do the wild rocket flowers taste like?

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