Beef Salad (or Chicken? Or Lamb?)

Beef Salad:  tonight was a raw green salad with chick peas.

This was a creation one hot evening when we had my mum coming for dinner and a house-guest.  I had no meat except some left over yearling rump steak.  I wasn't enough if I had just put pieces of meat on plates,  but I decided to stretch it by putting it into a salad. 

  • Steak, finely sliced approx 2-3cm long strips
  • Butternut pumpkin, peeled, diced 2cm
  • Parsnip, peeled, very finely sliced
  • 1/2 Leek,  sliced
  • 1/2 head Iceburg Lettuce, torn/shredded to small pieces
  • 1-2 small Cucumber, peeled, cut into small chunks
  • 1-2 sticks celery, finely sliced
  • 1-2 Carrot, peeled cut into small chunks
  • handful of snow peas, sliced diagonally
  • 100g Raw cashews, chopped
  • Salad dressing
  • Heat oven to 180deg
  • Coat pumpkin and parsnip in a little oil and salt.  Roast until pumpkin is cooked and caramalised and parsnip is crispy
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Combine all other ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss through with salad dressing to taste
I served this with diced boiled potatoes, coated with a sour cream, spring onion mix.  This was to bulk it up a bit and make it a little more filling.  Everyone LOVED it.  It even elicited noises of pleasure!!!!  Can't ask for more than that.