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Lemon, Mint and Spinach Salad

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Published by Hyperion

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Editor's Note: Light and fragrant, this recipe for Lemon, Mint and Spinach Salad hits all the right notes and is a great way to add a bit more spinach to your menu. If you usually drown your salads in a thick and creamy dressing, then you will be in for a treat with this easy salad recipe! You can serve this salad as part of lunch or dinner, especially as an accompaniment to Nigella Lawson's recipe for One-Pan Sage-and-Onion Chicken and Sausage. This recipe could also work as a savory addition to your next brunch with family and friends.

If this recipe looks like there’s nothing much to it, that’s because it’s true. You’re cutting up a lemon, chopping up some mint, and tossing them together with a little oil and some baby spinach leaves which, if you’re like me, you’re just tumbling out of a package. Simplicity itself, but an end result that has satisfying complexity. I love the balance between the gently ferrous tang of the baby spinach, the sour juiciness of the lemon, and mint, that often underrated herb which gives both peppery warmth and a cool, cool hit at the same time.

Serves8

CostInexpensive

Easy

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Occasional Fresco, Birthday, Buffet, Buffet Meal, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get Together

Recipe CourseAppetizer, Cold Appetizer

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealBrunch, Dinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureCrisp, Crunchy, Herby, Juicy, Light, Sharp, Tangy, Tart

Type of DishFirst Course Salad, Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 largeish lemon
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, plus extra for the top
  • ½ tablespoon sea salt
  • 8 oz/10 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cut off the top and bottom of a lemon, stand it on a wooden board and, cutting down with a small sharp knife, slice off the skin and pith, rotating the fruit until you come full circle. 

  2. Cut the lemon flesh into ¼ in circles and then each circle into eighths, putting them — and all juice — into a bowl as you go. In other words, you want the lemon in small chunks.

  3. Cut the mint leaves, with scissors for ease, into thin strips over the lemon pieces, and sprinkle over the salt and some pepper. Add the spinach leaves and oil and toss everything together with your hands. Now decant on to a large round or oval plate — or whatever you want to serve this on — and drop a few whole mint leaves over the dressed salad.

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