Recipe: Garden salad with black pudding


This salad is wonderfully varied with contrasting flavours and high in protein. The highlight of the salad is black pudding, a type of blood sausage commonly eaten in Britain and many other European countries. I use the locally produced variety and like it cut into thick slices. 


  • Two slices black pudding
  • Bacon (we used collar), thinly sliced
  • 4 fresh sage leaves
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • One tomato, thinly sliced
  • Rocket (rucola), as much as you fancy
  • 1 baked potato, skin on, to be served warm with the salad
  • 1 well done hard boiled egg, cut into 4 segments
  • Broad beans (we removed the outer leathery pod and left their exterior skin, but this needs to be removed if the beans are not very fresh)
  • Extra virgin olive oil for dressing
  • Nasturtium petals (optional)


  1. Heat a non stick pan and cook the black pudding on low heat until they are quite crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
  2. Add the bacon to the frying pan and saute for a few minutes on moderate heat until it curls up and crisps slightly. Set aside.
  3. Cook the 4 fresh sage leaves in the pan after the bacon in the natural oils of the residue until they crisp up but not brown.
  4. Pour the wine vinegar into the pan, turn up the heat and scrape the sediment in the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze until almost all the vinegar has boiled off. Remove from heat, strain, add the honey and stir. Whisk in a few spoons of olive oil.
  5. Arrange the rucola and sliced tomatoes on a serving plate and then arrange the bacon pieces neatly.
  6. Slice the warm baked potato and arrange on the salad plate.
  7. Break the black pudding up into pieces and scatter over the salad.
  8. Add the eggs segments. Top with broad beans. Pour the salad dressing all over.
  9. Add some more broad beans, season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
  10. Add the crispy sage leaves and nasturtium petals if using. Drizzle some plain olive oil.  

Do you like this recipe? Would you like to see more salad recipes? Leave your comments below and please rate and share to let us know which recipes you like so that we make sure we deliver that which you are after.