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  • Serves 4
  • 20 mins prep

A real green salad

A real green salad

Nici Wickes' real green salad recipe is a favourite to enjoy at home or to take as a plate when invited to a BBQ. It’s easy to prepare and you’ll usually have the ingredients on hand. If not, use any greens you do have


A real green salad

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 10 fresh beans
  • 10 broccoli florets
  • 10 snow peas
  • 2 to 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 sticks celery, diced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cos or fancy green lettuce (not iceberg), torn into pieces
  • marigold or nasturtium petals, to garnish (optional)

Green dressing

  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 3 tbsp good olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise (or plain yoghurt)


  1. Quickly blanch the asparagus, beans and broccoli in boiling salted water. Drain and cool. Combine with the remaining salad ingredients.
  2. Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients, except the mayonnaise, in a food processor and blitzing until well blended.
  3. Toss the greens with 2 tbsp dressing. Whisk the mayonnaise into the remaining dressing. Spoon this onto a large plate and spread evenly. Pile the greens on top and garnish with the flower petals.

This recipe first appeared in New Zealand Woman's Weekly.

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