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Sunday 3 June 2012

Cooking With Children :: Peach and Parma Ham Salad

Lara and I were challenged by Apetina cheese to come up with a Lively and Leaf-Free summery salad that made great use of their Apetina crumbly white cheese.

Our Apetina recipe was inspired by one of my first memories of ever seeing Jamie Oliver on television. I've no idea what book or TV series it was in, but the flavour combination of peach and parma ham has always stuck in my head so Lara and I got busy in the kitchen to create a summery lunchtime salad.

Peach, Parma Ham and Cheese Salad


2 fresh peaches
4 slices of Parma Ham or other air-dried ham
150g Apetina crumbly white cheese (classic)
Handful of chives
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
Ground black pepper and salt to taste

  1. Remove the stone and slice the peaches as thin as you fancy (I had to do this as our peaches were a bit too firm for my nearly-3-year-old to cut herself) and then arrange them on a wide, flat plate.
  2. Tear the slices of Parma ham and drape them over the peaches.
  3. If you are using a block of Apetina cheese you will first need to cut it into cubes - then sprinkle them over the plate.
  4. Snip the chives with a pair of scissors into 1cm pieces and sprinkle over the salad.
  5. To make the dressing, stir together the olive oil, vinegar and honey along with the pepper and salt and then drizzle as much or as little as you like over the salad (Lara isn't a fan of salad dressing so we reserved her share of the salad before this point!)
  6. Eat in the sunshine! We highly recommend eating this with a glass of old fashioned lemonade and a toasted flatbread!!!

The tangy taste and crumbly texture of the Apetina cheese, cold from the fridge works really well in contrast with the sweetness of the peaches and honey - ultimately summery!

Right now on the Apetina facebook page they are running a competition where you could win a summer salad picnic hamper just by voting for your favourite of their weekly salad recipes. In the final week of the competition there will be a BBQ on offer as a prize.  Go forth and vote and who knows, you could be a lucky winner.

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