Quick Italian Leek Salad

01 I had a quite a few leeks from my vegbox and didn’t really know what to do with them. Searching my riverford ‘bible’, I came across the recipe Quick Italian Leek Salad, which you can also find online at:


Its an okay recipe, good as a side dish. I didn’t add parmasan, which would make it creamer in the way leeks really work with cheese. It does taste nicer than it looks though.



  1. Mix the oil, vinegar, onion, basil and sugar together and season to make the dressing.
  2. Trim the leeks and cut down the centre lengthways then wash well. Slice diagonally into 3-4cm pieces.
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  4. Blanch in boiling salted water for about 3 mins. Drain well and place in a shallow serving dish – drizzle with the dressing and mix well.
  5. This can now be served warm topped with the parsley and parmesan – or later, chilled.


preparation time 10 mins

cooking time 5 mins

serves 4 people


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