Browsing through the Suttons archives I came across this little booklet, Salad Days with Suttons. Dating back to the early 1970s the booklet was produced when Suttons was still based at Reading. The booklet contains “favourite salad recipes that we have collected from friends and colleagues. We have tried them all, and hope that you will too.”
Some of the recipes remain popular today whereas others, such as Salad Dressing au Lard, seem to have thankfully remained in the past. There’s at least one statement in the booklet that certainly still rings true, “… there is nothing to beat the flavour of fresh salads made from home-grown produce.”
Here’s a selection of recipes that you might like to try, and yes, I’ve included Salad Dressing au Lard!
Dice cooked beetroot and put in a bowl with a dressing made from fresh cream, French and English mustard, lemon juice and salt. Mix well and sprinkle with grated horseradish.
Hot Potato Salad
Scrub new potatoes and boil until just tender. Skim them and slice them. In the meantime fry a few chopped rashers of bacon and pour the fat over the sliced potatoes. Make a dressing of olive oil, lemon, juice, salt, chopped onion and parsley, and toss the salad, coating each slice with the tasty mixture. Garnish with chopped fried bacon.
Cook an uncut cauliflower lightly, then marinade it, face down in a bowl of vinaigrette. When ready to serve place it on a dish on its stalk and spoon some mayonnaise over the top. Sprinkle with paprika.
Eggs Stuffed with Spinach
Cook 0.5lb of spinach, drain, dry and chop. Mix with 3oz cream cheese, 1oz parmesan and the yolks of 6 hard-boiled eggs. Mash with salt, black pepper and nutmeg. Stuff 12 eggs cut lengthways.
And finally …
If you fancy having a go at making any of these recipes then do please post a comment and let me know how they tasted. I may even try a few myself.