I love summer ... well after 5pm anyway, as I'm not one for the heat. What I do really love about summer are the seasonal fruits and the fabulous salads/side dishes that are just bursting with fresh fruit and sweet summer flavours.

Today I am sharing what is the first of many summer salads to come...

THE APRICOT, WALNUT & FETA SALAD


Preparation  & Cooking time :  15 - 20 minutes
Serves : 4

Difficulty : 2/10 
You will need:
 For the salad :
4 Baby Gem Lettuces
8 apricots
Handful of fresh walnuts - approximately 4/person - chop these in chunks
1 Round of Feta (100gr) - crumble with your hands
Pinch of herbs to taste
1 Courgette for decoration


For the dressing :
1tsp honey
100ml Olive Oil
pinch of mixed herbs
splash of balsamic vinegar
Method:
For the salad :
I like to cut the bottoms of the Baby Gem Lettuces and then lay them out like a rosette in individual bowls (see my image).
Next sprinkle half the feta over the leaves , then cut the apricots and sprinkle on top over feta.
Now add the 2nd half of the feta , ensuring you do not drown the pretty apricots.
Sprinkle over the walnuts.


For the dressing :
Mix together all the ingredients in a glass bowl and drizzle over the already prepared salads and serve.

** cooks note for crispy lettuce , stand your baby gems in a bowl of water in the fridge over night. 

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