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Arbroath smokie, spinach, sweet potato and baby leek salad with lemon dressing

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 1
From Ready Steady Cook


  1. For the salad, boil the Chantenay carrots for 5-7 minutes, until tender. Drain and set aside.

  2. Heat one tablespoon of the oil in a frying pan and stir fry the spinach leaves for 1-2 minutes, until wilted. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Heat the butter in another pan and fry the leeks for 6-8 minutes, until tender and slightly browned. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.

  4. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the same pan and fry the slices of sweet potato with the sugar and orange juice for about five minutes, until they are tender and caramelised.

  5. For the dressing, place all the dressing ingredients, except the chervil, into a bowl and whisk well to combine.

  6. To serve, place the wilted spinach on a serving plate and arrange the carrots, leeks and sweet potato on top. Top with the Arbroath smokie flakes and drizzle over the lemon dressing. Garnish with the chervil.


For the salad

  • 5 Chantenay, or other, carrots, scrubbed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g/3½oz spinach leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 25g/1oz butter
  • 4 baby leeks, trimmed but left whole
  • ¼ sweet potato, cut into thin slices on a mandoline
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 orange, juice only
  • 85g/3oz Arbroath smokie, flaked

For the dressing

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ lemon, zest only
  • handful fresh chervil, to garnish

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