150 mlolive oil100 gmcrustless sourdough bread, coarsely torn1garlic clove, thinly slicedJuiceof ½ a lemon, or to taste120 gmfrozen peas, defrosted100 gmsugar snap peas, trimmed100 gmpodded broad beans (about 300gm unpodded)2baby cos, outer leaves coarsely torn, hearts quartered¾ cup eachcoarsely torn mint and flat-leaf parsley80 gmqueso de cabra, thinly shaved (see note)
Heat 90ml olive oil in a large deep-sided frying pan over medium-high heat, add bread and stir occasionally until golden (4-5 minutes). Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add remaining oil and garlic to pan, sauté until garlic is light golden (30 seconds-1 minute), remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Add vinegar and lemon juice, season to taste and set aside.
Meanwhile, blanch peas, sugar snap peas and broad beans until tender (1-2 minutes), refresh, drain and transfer to a large bowl. Peel larger broad beans, if desired. Add lettuce and herbs to bowl, drizzle with dressing, season to taste and toss to combine. Add cheese and torn bread, toss lightly and serve immediately.
Note Queso de cabra is a semi-hard goat’s cheese, available from select delicatessens. If unavailable, substitute Manchego.
This recipe is from the October 2009 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.