- 200 g (7 oz) spring onions (scallions)
- glug of rapeseed oil
- 250 g (9 oz) broccoli, cut into small florets
- ½ head of purple or white cauliflower, cut into small florets
- 200 g (7 oz) purple sprouting broccoli or broccolini, ends trimmed and thicker stalks cut in half lengthways
- 200 g (7 oz) green beans, ends trimmed
- 200 g (7 oz) mange tout (snow peas)
- 1 small green courgette (zucchini), shaved into ribbons
- 1 small yellow courgette (zucchini), shaved into ribbons
- 5 large gherkins (pickles), thinly sliced lengthways
- 2 hass avocados, sliced
For The Dressing:
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon caster (superfine) sugar or honey – optional
- generous glug of white wine vinegar
- juice of ½ lemon
- generous plug of extra virgin olive oil
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas mark 4). Place the whole spring onions in a roasting tin, drizzle with rapeseed oil and season with salt. Roast for 10–15 minutes or until golden.
2. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and add the broccoli and cauliflower. Cook for a minute or so, then add the purple sprouting broccoli or broccolini, green beans, mange tout and broccoli (you can do the vegetables in batches if your pan isn’t large enough to hold them all at once). Cover and cook for 2–3 minutes or until the vegetables are crisp-tender. Drain the vegetables, then transfer to a large bowl or sink of iced water (or just really cold water, if adding ice seems a bit fussy). Blanching and refreshing vegetables in this way means they stay crisp and keep their vibrant colours – chill them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.
3. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a jar, add salt and pepper to taste and shake well. Check the seasoning and adjust accordingly. This is a delicious, sharp but sweet dressing.
4. Place the blanched vegetables in a large serving bowl, along with the courgette ribbons, sliced gherkin and avocado. Pour over the dressing and toss until everything is generously coated. Finally, add the warm roasted spring onions and plenty of black pepper and serve straightaway.
*TIP* Use a vegetable peeler to shave the courgette into fine ribbons.
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Photography: Alan Benson