broad bean and artichoke salad

broad bean and artichoke salad on ciabatta

Felt like something quick, easy and wholesome for dinner tonight. I found this recipe on Merchant Gourmet’s site and had a bash. It was very filling and had lots of earthy flavours going on, but I didn’t feel the mint added anything and yet there was still something missing. A really sticky-sweet balsamic dressing might do the trick, or perhaps a little grated apple.

Not a bad start, but needs some work.

Broad bean and artichoke salad:

6 tablespoons pumpkin seed oil

100g parmesan shavings

1 ciabatta loaf

400g grilled artichokes

finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon

300g frozen broad beans

1 little gem lettuce, finely shredded

handful fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped

  1. Boil the broad beans for 4-5 mins until tender. While draining add a little pumpkin oil and lemon juice, tossing around to coat.
  2. Lightly brush the cut sides of the ciabatta with 4 tbsp of the Pumpkin Seed Oil and place cut side up on the grill pan and scatter with salt flakes. Lightly grill for 1-2 minutes until pale golden and crisp.
  3. Meanwhile place the artichoke hearts into a bowl with the lemon rind and juice, remaining Pumpkin Seed Oil, broad beans, little gem, mint and parmesan and toss together. Season generously with a little salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper and toss again.
  4. Serve the salad on the warm toasted ciabatta.


  • fussfreeflavours

    Looks good. I adore anchovies! But you would not get any points from John or Gregg for not double depoding the broadbeans! (Feeling smug as I doubled podded mine tonight)

    • It’s funny you said “anchovies” – I had an online grocery order from Sainsbury’s where I’d ordered artichokes for this very dish. They substituted anchovies instead – not quite the same thing!

      Double depodding is a mug’s game – just chew a bit longer, burn more calories 🙂


  • what you wanted was a splash of Gilly’s Blonde Dressing on there….to DIE for!

  • literally….the best dressing in the world! I’m addicted! So are my family, if you see it, invest! I found them at a food festival last year & had to buy online since, honestly, look them up!

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