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Green Bean, Artichoke and Grapefruit Salad with Kalamata Olives & Rosemary

Green Bean, Pink Grapefruit and Artichoke Salad with Kalamata Olives

The change of season is nearing (finally!) and the first spring vegetables are back in my kitchen, green beans! They aren’t locally grown and had to travel a bit to reach my cooker but their crunchy green gave me culinary proof that the end of winter is near!

The recipe is easy, I went for a quick bean salad with bittersweet pink grapefruit and a light rosemary orange dressing. I had a colourful plate in mind with lots of different flavours, antipasta feeling combined with sharp freshness. I pulled out a few pantry treasures to mix with the fruit and vegetable: preserved artichoke hearts and juicy Kalamata olives. A strong composition without a single overpowering ingredient, the perfect salad to get prepared for all the summery, culinary pleasures ahead of us!

Green Bean, Pink Grapefruit and Artichoke Salad with Kalamata Olives

 

Green Bean, Pink Grapefruit and Artichoke Salad with Kalamata Olives

Green Bean, Artichoke and Pink Grapefruit Salad with Kalamata Olives and Rosemary

For 2 people you need

green beans, the ends cut off, 300g / 10.5 ounces
pink grapefruit, cut into fillets, 1
preserved artichoke hearts, quartered, 4
Kalamata olives 8
olive oil 3 tablespoons
freshly squeezed orange juice 3 tablespoons
fresh rosemary, finely chopped, 1 heaped teaspoon
salt and pepper

Blanche the beans in lots of salted water for 4-5 minutes or until al dente, rinse with cold water for 2 seconds and drain.

Arrange the beans, grapefruit, artichoke and olives in a large bowl. Whisk the olive oil, orange juice, rosemary, salt and pepper and season to taste. Sprinkle the salad with the dressing and serve immediately.

Green Bean, Pink Grapefruit and Artichoke Salad with Kalamata Olives

 

Green Bean, Pink Grapefruit and Artichoke Salad with Kalamata Olives

Artichokes a la Mama with 3 Dips

Artichokes a la Mama with 3 Sauces

Here they are, the delicious treats my mother prepared for us when we stayed at her house in the countryside last weekend! I have to leave out the first dinner of the evening we arrived, I was too hungry and exhausted to take any photos after the six hour drive. I got a beautiful aperitif, white wine mixed with Limoncello and mint and I was told to sit down and relax (my family knows that this is not always easy for me to do). So we all gathered in the kitchen, watched my mother cook a fruity tomato sauce with bell peppers and spaghetti, chatted and were happy to be together again!

Today I will share the recipe we enjoyed on the second night, artichokes a la Mama with three kinds of dipping sauces. This is one of her summer classics! She uses big globe artichokes with fleshy leaves, the same kind as those ripening in her garden. It’s the first year that she has grown them herself and they look impressive, big plants with a strong stem crowned by a majestic globe, simply stunning! Their leaves are perfect to dip into sauces, there’s a lot to nibble on before you finally reach the heart which is thick and tasty once the hairy choke is cut off. My mother always makes a few different sauces, most of the time it’s a classic mayonnaise, a smooth tomato dip with black olives, thyme and basil and a yoghurt dressing mixed with hardboiled eggs.

In the next couple of days I will share three more of her recipes with you, one of the best fish soups I have ever eaten, refined with saffron and cooked with king prawns, wolfs fish and cod. Last Saturday we went a bit overboard on the sweet side and we had two desserts in one day, both are so quick to prepare that you can easily make (and eat) them after each other!

Artichokes a la Mama with 3 Sauces

 

Artichokes a la Mama with 3 Sauces

 Artichokes a la Mama with 3 Dipping Sauces

For 4 people you need

globe artichokes 4
lemon 1/2

Cook the artichokes in lots of salted water together with the lemon for 35-45 minutes (closed with a lid) until you can easily pull off an outer leaf.

 

For the mayonnaise

My mother whisks the mayonnaise by hand but you could also mix it with a stick mixer in a mug like I did with my aïoli.

organic egg yolks 2
olive oil around 250ml / 8.5 ounces (more or less, depending on the size of the egg yolks)
Dijon mustard to taste
freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste
salt and pepper

Whisk the egg yolks and slowly add the olive oil. Stop adding more oil when the texture is thick (it will take a few minutes) and season with the lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper to taste.

 

For the tomato dip

medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped, 4
black olives, finely chopped, 8
ketchup 3 tablespoons
fresh basil, chopped, 1 tablespoon
thyme leaves of 2-3 sprigs
Balsamico vinegar to taste
freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste
salt and pepper

Mix the ingredients with a spoon to a smooth dip and season to taste.

 

For the yoghurt dip

yoghurt 150g / 5.5 ounces
organic eggs, hardboiled and finely chopped, 3
Dijon mustard to taste
freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste
salt and pepper
chives, snipped, 2 tablespoons

Mix the ingredients (except the chives) with a spoon to a smooth dip and season to taste. Sprinkle with chives.

Artichokes a la Mama with 3 Sauces

 

Artichokes a la Mama with 3 Sauces

 

Artichokes a la Mama with 3 Sauces