Warm salads are the perfect way to go for a late summer dinner...

You don't have to abandon the salad bowl just yet... why not switch to warm salads, as the summer nears an end
Warm salads are the perfect way to go for a late summer dinner...
Warm Potato Salad with Roast Garlic Mayor and Crispy Proscuitto.

IN this part of August, it always feels like the best of the summer is behind us, although we can always hope for an Indian summer come September. But that doesn’t mean you have to abandon the salad bowl for another year. You can kill two birds with one stone, with a warm salad that utilises seasonal ingredients, while providing a summery but sustaining supper.

This weekend, I’ve used gorgeous little baby Irish grown new potatoes which combine firmness with the subtly floury texture of the typical Irish spud. Look for the Gemson variety of Irish baby potatoes under the Egan’s brand, available at Aldi stores. These are some of the nicest salad spuds I’ve come across this year.

Unlike imported baby potatoes, which can be a little too waxy for the Irish palate, this variety doesn’t lose shape in cooking, yet yields the subtle softness of a good Irish new spud. They make a great ingredient for my Warm Potato Salad, combined with roast garlic mayo, locally grown ripe tomatoes, scallions and baby rocket, then topped with crisp slivers of fried prosciutto.

Finish the whole lot with some chopped pistachios or toasted mixed seeds like sunflower and pumpkin to add extra texture to this gorgeous warm feast, for the days when the sun isn’t providing the heat!


Ingredients (Serves 4)

3 fat garlic cloves, unpeeled

Olive Oil for brushing

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 tbsp good quality mayonnaise 

1kg baby new potatoes 

4 slices prosciutto, torn into pieces 

4 fresh scallions, trimmed and finely chopped 

4 small fresh ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced 

2 handfuls baby rocket leaves, rinsed and patted dry 

Chopped pistachios or mixed seeds to finish (optional)


  • Place garlic cloves on a piece of foil on a roasting tray and brush lightly with oil. Season.
  • Wrap the garlic cloves in the foil and roast in a pre-heated oven, Gas 4 350F 180C for 15 minutes or until the cloves are soft.
  • Peel garlic and squash cloves with the flat of a wide bladed chopping knife, to make a puree.
  • Stir puree into mayonnaise with seasoning. Reserve.
  • Meanwhile, cook potatoes in lightly salted boiling water till just tender. At the same time, cook the prosciutto pieces in a dry pan over high heat till crisp. Reserve, keeping warm.
  • Drain potatoes and leave to cool for a minute, then chop roughly. Place in a bowl Add chopped scallions, sliced tomatoes and rocket and spoon over the mayonnaise.
  • Toss together and reserve, keeping warm.
  • Spoon potato salad into bowls and scatter over the warm crispy prosciutto and chopped pistachios or seeds to finish.

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