Pimm's summer strawberry salad

You must try this recipe from MasterChef contestant, Theo Michaels! Combining two quintessentially British treats (Pimm's and strawberries), this salad will be a firm favourite with your dinner guests this summer, and is a great accompaniment to any BBQ dish!


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"Quintessentially British, drinking a glass of Pimm’s tells me it’s the start of summer. A chilled gulp full of crunchy cucumber and fresh mint... the tangy bite of a strawberry… just perfect. My Pimm’s summer salad is inspired by memories of half-cut summer days and losing money on misguided bets at the Royal Ascot race meetings..." - Theo A. Micahels, Share: Delicious Sharing Boards for Social Dining.

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  • 1½ punnets large strawberries (about 36), hulled and quartered
  • 3 large cucumbers
  • about 120 g/4 oz. watercress (a large handful)
  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced leaves from about 12 sprigs of fresh mint, torn
  • a large handful of toasted walnuts (optional)

Pimm's dressing

  • 6 tablespoons Pimm’s No1 Cup
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • grated zest of 1½ oranges
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


Hull and quarter the strawberries. Cut the cucumber in half lengthways. Use a spoon to scrap the watery seeds out of the centre and discard. Slice the flesh into thin crescents about 1 cm/3/8 inch thick.
Put all of the dressing ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk with a fork until combined and emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add the prepared strawberries and cucumber to the bowl, along with the watercress, sliced onion and torn mint. Gently fold all the ingredients together to ensure the salad is well coated, then transfer to your picnic board or into a clean serving bowl, as preferred.
If it takes your fancy, a large handful of toasted walnuts adds a nice crunch, so scatter these over the finished salad, if using.
Last updated 4 days ago

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