A good dressing can take a salad from bland to brilliant. This is a dressing I often whizz up when I crave something crunchy and full of flavour. You’ll often find a variation of this sort of dressing on Italian menus, paired with one of my favourite ingredients, puntarelle. The creaminess works wonderfully against something slightly bitter. You can be flexible with what you add to this, but something crunchy is a must. I go for baby gem lettuce as it has the perfect crunch factor. At the moment, radishes and asparagus are my go-tos but cherry tomatoes, green beans or sugar snaps would be delicious too. I’m very into canned cocktails at the moment and have been drinking these MOTH mojitos most evenings. The flavours are spot on with this.
Spring Chicken Salad With Anchovy Dressing
WHAT'S ON MY TABLE
Duck Tumbler, £15 | Ichendorf Milano
I always enjoy a novelty glass, especially for cocktails. This range from Fenwick is particularly beautiful.
6" Utility Knife, £95 | Katto
Every cook needs a good knife and a chef’s knife is the place to start. I love these handcrafted Japanese knives from Katto.
Splatter Tablecloth, £220 | Polkra x Hot Pottery
I am a huge fan of Hot Pottery’s beautiful splatterware and love its new collection of table linens in collaboration with Polkra. The green is my favourite.
AWAY FROM THE TABLE
I went to Caravel for the first time last week. Floating on Regent’s Canal, the restaurant is set inside a converted barge. It’s far from gimmicky though, and feels closer to the chic hole-in-the-wall bistros you might find in Paris. The menu is concise and changes with the seasons, but one of the dishes that remains for most of the year is the potato rosti with sour cream and caviar. A plump nest of crispy knotted potato is topped with cold, pleasantly tangy sour cream and a generous mound of caviar. It’s the kind of crunchy, fatty, salty bite one craves alongside that first drink – and is a mandatory order if you go. My advice is to order one each so there’s no need for sharing.