Purslane & peach salad

Purslane & peach salad

Salada de beldroegas e pessego

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From
Lisbon
Serves
4
Photographer
Steven Joyce

After a hot, sunny morning prowling around Lisbon’s famous flea market, Feira da Ladra, we happened upon a tiny stall in the neighbouring park, Jardim Botto Machado, where we had refuelled with croissants and pumpkin jam at the quiosque (kiosk). The stall was dotted with beautiful vegetables and fruit: green figs, spiky nobbly cucumbers, aubergines (eggplants) and jugs stuffed with bunches of what I suddenly realised was purslane. Purslane is often seen as a weed, but has a deliciously tangy flavour, a bit like sorrel, and a crunchy texture more like watercress. This is what I made with it when we got home, which we ate on our shaded courtyard patio.

If you can’t find purslane, watercress or rocket (arugula) would work nicely instead. In season, try purslane with figs, cherries or tomatoes, perhaps with some tangy sheep’s cheese crumbled over the top.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 ripe peaches
1 bunch purslane
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
pinch salt
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Wash the peaches gently, then remove their stones and slice them into thin pieces. Shake the purslane over a sink to remove any loose seeds, then wash thoroughly and remove any tough-looking stalks. Place in a bowl.
  2. Whisk together the honey, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, lemon juice and some pepper in a bowl, then taste to check the seasoning. Dress the purslane leaves, add the peaches and toss very gently. Divide the salad between 4 plates, and serve straight away.
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