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    Heston's Peach, Parma ham and Gruyère salad

    ''Nothing beats perfectly ripe peaches in the summer and I love using them in salads like this one. The Gruyère, cloves, Parma ham and peaches make a surprisingly good combination for a summer lunch for four or starter for six. Serve with an ice cold glass of Manzanilla sherry.'' Heston

    Serves: 4


    • For the drizzle:
    • 125g balsamic vinegar
    • For the salad:
    • 2 ripe peaches, sliced
    • 2 x 100g Waitrose Wild Rocket & Chard
    • 2 x 90g Waitrose Farm Assured Parma Ham, roughly chopped
    • Sea salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 80g Gruyère cheese, shaved with a potato peeler
    • For vinaigrette:
    • 40ml white wine vinegar
    • 40g wholegrain mustard
    • 120ml grapeseed or ground nut oil
    • ½ tsp ground cloves
    • Salt


    1. For the vinaigrette, combine the vinegar and mustard in a bowl and whisk together. Slowly add in the oil while still whisking. Add the ground cloves and season with salt.
    2. For the drizzle, pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Let the liquid reduce to a syrup consistency and remove from the heat. This should take about 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
    3. Remove the stones from the peaches and slice them into thin wedges.
    4. Toss the rocket and chard leaves in the vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper. Add the peach slices, the thinly sliced ham and the Gruyère shavings and mix together gently. Place a generous pile in the centre of each plate and, using a spoon or squeezy bottle, drizzle the balsamic over the top of the salad.
    5. Copyright © Heston Blumenthal 2010

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    Cook's tips

    Place the slices of Parma ham in the freezer for about 10 minutes while the vinegar is reducing; this will make them easier to cut.

    Drinks recommendation

    Waitrose Solera Jerezana Manzanilla Sherry. Manzanilla Sherry is a fino and develops a distinctive salty tang. It makes a lovely apértif. Italia Prosecco Collezione NV, Italy. Made exclusively for Waitrose, this excellent Prosecco has light, fresh and fruity flavours of pear and citrus.


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