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Valentine Warner's Tenderstem broccoli with shallot vinaigrette

Valentine Warner's Tenderstem broccoli with shallot vinaigrette

Valentine says: 'A salad need never be boring!'

  • Preparation: 5 mins
  • Cooking: 5 mins
  • Serves: 2

What you need:

  • 2 banana shallots
  • 175g Tenderstem broccoli
  • 40g soft white sourdough crusts on cut up into croutons and a good splash more olive oil to fry in
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 brown salted anchovies from oil very finely chopped and mashed with a knife
  • 2 tsp white or red wine vinegar
  • Pinch of caster sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbls olive oil
  • Small handful broken walnuts
  • 6 small radishes, sliced lengthways
  • 10 fresh chives snapped in half
  • Bunch fresh tarragon

What you do:

  1. Peel & half and finely slice the shallots. Cook the shallots in a good splash of olive oil and saute very gently for 8 minutes until totally softened but not coloured. Season with salt to taste.
  2. After 5 minutes of cooking the shallots, drop the Tenderstem broccoli in boiling water & cook for 2 minutes.
  3. While the shallots and broccoli cook fry the croutons in some olive oil until golden brown, 4 minutes or so.
  4. Combine the sugar, mustard, anchovies & vinegar, in a cup or small bowl and then beat in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified and creamy, toss the cooked shallots & broccoli in a serving bowl with the radishes.
  5. Strip the tarragon from the stalks and scatter it on top of the salad followed by the walnut pieces, chives and croutons.
  6. Eat warm.

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