French Salad: Lamb’s Lettuce and Beetroot Recipe (Salade de Mache aux Betteraves)

French Salad: Lamb’s Lettuce and Beetroot Recipe (Salade de Mache aux Betteraves)

This salad makes a colourful and unusual starter-the delicate flavour of the lamb’s lettuce is perfect with the tangy beetroot. If you like, sprinkle with chopped walnuts before serving.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Easy Recipes, Salads
Cuisine French
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 150-175 g/5-6 oz/3-4 cups lamb’s lettuce, washed and roots trimmed
  • 250 g/1/2 lb/3 or 4 small beetroot, cooked, peeled and diced
  • 30 ml/2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • #For the Vinaigrette#
  • 30—45 ml/2—3 tbsp white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 20 ml/1 heaped tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2.5 ml/1/2 tsp sugar
  • 125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup sunflower or grapeseed oil
  • 125 ml 4 fl oz/1/2 cup crème fraîche or double cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • First make the vinaigrette. Mix the vinegar or lemon juice, mustard, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl, then slowly whisk in the oil until the sauce thickens.
  • Lightly beat the crème fraîche or double cream to lighten it slightly, then whisk it into the dressing.
  • Toss the lettuce with a little of the vinaigrette and arrange on a serving plate or in a bowl.
  • Spoon the beetroot into the center of the lettuce and drizzle over the remaining vinaigrette. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve at once.
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