Beef with olives, rocket and parmesan
Make this salad when you have some beef let over from the roasting joint - if you can take some of the medium-rare meat from the centre it is better - it is softer and suits the pepperiness of the rocket.
Cannellini Bean and Tomato salad
Cannellini beans come pre-cooked in a tin so they are a timesaving base for a salad. This one combines tomatoes, chilli and red onion with fresh herbs and is served at room temperature so the flavours shine through.
Thinly sliced cured beef dressed simply with olive oil and parmesan is one of life's great pleasures. You can buy it in good Italian delis and now, you can even buy it from Irish producers, like Jack McCarthy in Kanturk, County Cork.