30 Jun Balsamic roasted Summer Salad
Salad & Sides
Balsamic Roasted Garlic, Chickpeas, Tomato & Mozarella Salad
This balsamic roasted salad is ideal for hot summer days and rainy ones alike. I’ve used Mazzetti l’Originale’s Yellow Label Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (available in Sainsbury’s) in both the cooking and finishing of this recipe. I love roasting veg and chickpeas in balsamic vinegar for extra flavour as well as mushrooms, recharging stale bread for salad croutons and using it in bbq marinades, they all taste fantastic roasted and grilled in this way.
This recipe was created for Mazzetti l’originale.
1. Preheat the oven to 220C. Pat the chickpeas dry in a clean tea towel – this is an important step to ensure the chickpeas can crisp up in the oven rather than steam.
2. In your largest (to prevent steaming) roasting tray (try to pick one without high sides, again to prevent steaming), toss the dried cooked chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets and stems, garlic cloves, thyme, oil, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, a good pinch of salt and black pepper. Roast for 10 minutes, toss and return to the oven for another 5 minutes until the cherry tomatoes have burst and the chickpeas are slightly crispy at the edges.
3. Transfer everything but the garlic cloves to a large plate and top with the mozzarella, rocket, basil and radishes. Finish with a drizzle of the remaining balsamic vinegar and chilli flakes and an extra sprinkle of sea salt.
4. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins and smash on toast with a drizzle of olive oil to serve.
400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
250g ripe cherry tomatoes
1 small head of broccoli, stalk sliced and head cut into florets
4 small garlic cloves
2 tsp fresh thyme or oregano
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for serving
1.5 tbsp mazzetti l’originale balsamic vinegar, plus extra for serving
200g mozzarella or burrata
Extra mazzetti l’originale balsamic vinegar
Small handful of rocket
Small bunch of fresh basil
Small handful of radishes, finely sliced
Pinch of chilli flakes
Your favourite toast