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Fennel, Pea and Broad Bean Salad

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“We had this salad as an appetizer at a diner party. My friend Samantha told me it was a Gordon Ramsay recipe. I am not a big Ramsay fan but think this salad is fab! So here it is to far as I could tell the only thing Sam did different was giving us one egg each (quatered) Gordon says in his recipe to simmer the eggs for 9 minutes, seems a bit long to me, use your own judgement.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Trim the fennel, cutting off the base and removing the coarse outer layer of leaves.
  2. Cut each bulb in half lengthways, then slice as thinly as possible, using a mandolin or a sharp knife.
  3. Place in a large bowl of iced water and leave to soak for about 10-15 minutes to crisp up.
  4. Boil the eggs, (the yolks should be set but still quite soft) drain, then refresh in a pan of cold water.
  5. Bring another pot of water to the boil, add the broad beans and blanch for 1 minute, then add the peas and return to the boil, blanch for another 3 minutes until the peas and broad beans are tender.
  6. Drain and refresh in a bowl of iced water.
  7. For the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Drain all the vegetables and mix, pour over the dressing and toss well.
  9. Shell the eggs, then cut into quarters lengthways.
  10. When ready to serve, heat a tiny drizzle of olive oil in a non-stick pan and fry the Parma ham slices until golden brown and crisp, turning once. Divide the salad and eggs among serving plates.
  11. Break the crispy Parma ham into smaller pieces and scatter over the salads, sprinkle with pepper and serve.

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