November 30, 2008 at 11:54 pm 16 comments

What is it with caterers who seem to think the only solution to feeding a large amount of people means sticking everything in a deep fat fryer?  Recently I have been to more than 3 events which have resorted to battered chicken nuggets, onion rings, and cocktail sausages!  Now I’m not going to completely condemn them as I did have a quick nibble, as most people do, but I would far rather some simple, fresh finger food with healthy ingredients which don’t rely on a vat of boiling fat to make them look pretty!

This little antipasto salad is my simple solution to any pre dinner nibbles.  Three tasty ingredients combined to make a delicious little starter which can be thrown together in no time at all.  Best of all it looks so damn good your guests will think you went to a whole lot of bother!  To be honest this is more of a sit down affair, but if you did want to transform this dish into proper finger food, simply toast some small slices of bread, spread with a little pesto, wrap a few rocket leaves, wafers of parmesan cheese and crushed olives in some parma ham slices, place on the pesto toast and hold together with a cocktail stick.

Simple Antipasto Salad
This is a great base for any salad so feel free to throw in some lovely extras if you so wish.  Things like toasted pine nuts, garlic croutons, and sun dried tomatoes would all work great in this.  If you buy olives unpitted, simply crush them with the back of a knife and remove the stone with your fingers.

3 large handfuls of rocket leaves. (Arugula)
Half of a 100g jar of green olives (pitted).
1 packet of parma ham slices.
1 Large handful of wafer thin parmesan cheese slices.
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.
A small pinch of ground black pepper.

The method for this one is so easy-  Simply mix together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl.  Add the remaining ingredients and toss gently.  Tumble the salad onto a large serving dish and serve.  Make sure to provide lots of crusty bread to eat alongside and enjoy!


Entry filed under: olives, parma ham, parmesan, rocket, salad, sidedish.

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chocolate Shavings  |  December 1, 2008 at 1:22 am

    That salad is bursting in color, it looks beautiful!

  • 2. raj  |  December 1, 2008 at 4:52 am

    i never did realize it, but you’re right! most finger foods i can think of are deep fried!! this sounds like such a delicious alternative!!

  • 3. Peter M  |  December 1, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Pairing parma with greens is a fine way to get more roughage into us .Pretty salad and wonderfully photo’d.

  • 4. Gavin  |  December 1, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Pine nuts…definitely toasted pine nuts. I have to agree that I’m not sure about a dressed salad as finger food, either. It sounds a little messy ;). Other than that it totally rocks and you’re absolutely right about mediocre catered spreads, snore. Your photos are awesome, by the way. Nice job!

  • 5. tara  |  December 1, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Love the look of this salad, how the different components seems to be curling around each other on the plate. Sounds delish!

  • 6. Ann from Montana  |  December 2, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Beautiful! And thank you for “translating” rocket leaves – I’m in the U.S. and didn’t have a clue 🙂 !The “wraps” would be great finger food – delicious, pretty and bonus – nutrionally sound!

  • 7. Olga  |  December 3, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Oh that looks so great! Olives are one of my favorite foods.Very nice photos btw.

  • 8. culinarycory.com  |  December 3, 2008 at 5:19 am

    Such an easy dish to assemble for your guests to nibble while entertaining.

  • 9. Andrea  |  December 6, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    This is just beautiful and suits my style perfectly. Now if only I were having a party!

  • 10. MikeTheWaiterDotCom  |  December 6, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    great idea…. well explained with nice photos.happy holidays from Indiana, USAmtw

  • 11. jen  |  December 8, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Amazing photo, Donal – I could eat that off the screen right now! Delicious 🙂

  • 12. Sarah Bell  |  December 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    That looks so appetising. I could eat olives till the cows come home. Wonderful photography 😉

  • 13. tuttifoodi  |  December 29, 2008 at 1:15 am

    great pictures ! they look very great, i’m sure they are delicious ! Please visit my blog : http://www.tuttifoodi.com

  • 14. The Food Hunter  |  December 31, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    That looks delicious.

  • 15. gail  |  May 16, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I’m already addicted to everything in the salad…now I’ll be addicted to the salad too! Thanks for the recipe!

  • 16. Jason @ Jason's BBQ Adventures  |  May 17, 2009 at 4:02 am

    That is an absolutely delicious looking salad!!


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