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Steve’s Leaves: Christmas Salad Offset

December 11, 2012

If tales of spice cookies and promises of cookie swaps (12th) are making you loosen your belts before you’ve even glanced at a turkey, then I may have just the thing for you.

After a week of baking for various different things my taste buds were feeling rather furry and in need of some light relief. Luckily, Steve’s Leaves decided to send me a salad kit. Nice timing Mr Steve – this is exactly what I needed:

Steve's Leaves Christmas salad

Steve’s Leaves Salad: stilton, walnut and cranberry with blackcurrant & white balsamic dressing

It’s not rocket science (actually there might be some rocket in there..Ba dum-cha!) but just in case you want to know, here’s how to make it

Toast the walnuts (and the onions too if, like me, you like to take the edge off them) toss with…
halved cherry tomatos
a large helping of peashoots & baby leaves (you can get them in supermarkets – look for the fun packaging)
handful cranberries
crumble some stilton over the top and then drizzle with Steve’s blackcurrant and white balsamic vinegar dressing.

Steve's Leaves Salad Dressing

Mint & Honey, Lemon & Poppy Seed, Fruity Blackcurrant & White Balsamic Vinegar

I hate mayonnaise and salad cream with a passion (ask my husband – I will actually run away) so any salad dressings get my thumbs up. These are particularly good because you get a little pot of each which means you can have some variety and not have another bottle of something languishing in the fridge forever. The blackcurrant and balsamic dressing was lovely – slightly sweet but not too sticky and the fruitiness brought out the flavour of the cranberries in the salad. I’m looking forward to trying the others.

I received the salad on Friday and it’s still as perky as anything today – how on earth do they manage that? I particularly enjoyed the peashoots as I love the taste of freshly picked peas, but it also includes baby spinach and baby chard so it makes for a nice strong, peppery salad against the sweet dressing and creamy cheese.

Thankyou to Steve’s Leaves for my salad kit . I was not required to write a review, good or otherwise, but I really did enjoy it so I thought I’d share.

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