Gingered Tomato, French Bean & Nectarine Salad Recipe | Abel & Cole

Gingered Tomato, French Bean & Nectarine Salad

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Gingered Tomato, French Bean & Nectarine Salad

A riotous mix of tip-top seasonal bounty where French beans are grilled alongside spicy ginger topped sweet tomatoes and served with sharp, juicy nectarines and limey tarragon buckwheat. This is a flavour party you won’t want to miss.

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  • A thumb of ginger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp Demerara sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 400g vine tomatoes
  • 200g French beans
  • 75g buckwheat
  • A handful of tarragon leaves
  • 2 nectarines
  • 15g coconut flakes
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1. Set your grill to a medium-high setting. Peel and grate the ginger and garlic into a small bowl. Zest in the lime. Add 1 tbsp each Demerara sugar and olive oil and mix with a good pinch of salt.
2. Cut each tomato into 3 thick slices. Lay them on a foil-lined baking tray. Spread the gingery mix over each slice. Trim the French beans and place them on the tray around the tomatoes. Grill for 15 mins.
3. Meanwhile tip the buckwheat into a pan and place on the hob. Toast for 2-3 mins, then pour in 150ml boiling water. Simmer for 10 mins.
4. Squeeze the juice from the lime into a large salad bowl. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and some salt and pepper. Mix to make a dressing. Pick the tarragon leaves from their stems and add to the bowl.
5. Halve the nectarines and scoop out the stones. Roughly chop and add to the dressing bowl.
6. Check the tomatoes after 15 mins. They should have collapsed slightly and the topping coloured. The beans will be lightly charred. Cook for a further 5 mins if not quite cooked. Drain any water from the buckwheat and leave to cool slightly.
7. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and lift onto a plate. Tip any juice from the tomatoes into the bowl with the dressing and whisk.
8. Fold the buckwheat and half of the French beans with the dressing. Taste and season if needed. Divide the buckwheat between 2 of plates and top with the tomatoes and remaining French beans. Scatter over the coconut flakes to serve.
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Love this salad! Sounds such an odd combo but it’s simply delicious