My dad has been with his partner, Pat, for about sixteen years and although they’ve never gotten married, I think of her as my step-mum and very much part of our family. Whenever we stay with my dad and Pat we always have amazing food and she makes the most delicious salads so following our recent trip to see them I decided to replicate this one at home with a couple of tweaks. Thanks for the great inspiration, Pat!
Pat’s amazing salad
100g fresh crunchy salad leaves
200g baby plum tomatoes
200g smoked salmon
1/2 a medium avocado
50g feta cheese
3 spring onions
3 – 5 large, ripe strawberries
A handful of pumpkin seeds or salad sprinkle (optional)
If you are using the pumpkin seeds place them in a large frying pan in a single layer over a medium heat, shaking occasionally until they pop. Set aside.
Place the salad leaves in a large, attractive salad bowl.
Slice the mushrooms, spring onions, strawberries and avocado and add to the bowl.
Halve the tomatoes, cut the feta cheese into cubes and add both to the bowl.
Tear or cut the salmon into 2cm pieces and add to the bowl.
Toss well and then sprinkle over the pumpkin seeds or salad sprinkle.
Serve with a selection of salad dressings for people to choose from.
Serves 4 as a starter or 2 as a main