Smoked Ham and Piccalilli Salad

A colourful and inviting salad recipe by Gizzi Erskine. The fresh piccalilli is mingled with strips of smoked ham, crunchy lettuce and hints of bitter chicory.

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I love piccalilli and really wanted to find a way to put it into a salad, but, alas, it doesn’t seem to work - it’s all a bit too gungy. So instead I decided to make a salad with crunchy peppery vegetables and drizzle it with a fantastic, fragrant, light, bright yellow dressing. With strips of smoked ham laced through it, this makes a marvellous salad.

Serves 4
Prep time: 20 min


½ cauliflower, broken into florets
30 green beans, trimmed
2 radishes, thinly sliced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
½ red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
2 gherkins, thinly sliced
1 head of chicory, leaves separated, washed and dried
1 head of Little Gem lettuce, leaves separated, washed and dried
200g smoked ham, preferably torn from a ham hock, or thickly sliced ham, torn into pieces
For the dressing:
1 tsp English mustard powder
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 pinch of allspice
A grating of nutmeg
½ garlic clove, peeled and grated
½ tsp sugar
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp cider vinegar
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and throw in the cauliflower and beans. Boil for 2 minutes, then drain and plunge immediately into iced water to cool and stop the cooking process. When they have cooled, drain and place in a mixing bowl with the radishes, carrots, onion and gherkins.

To make the dressing, place all the ingredients in a clean jam jar, pop the lid on tightly and shake the jar like crazy for 30 seconds.

Pour half the dressing over the crunchy vegetables and mix thoroughly. Lay the chicory and Little Gem lettuce leaves on a large plate and drizzle with the rest of the dressing. Top with the crunchy vegetables and torn ham and serve immediately.

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