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Glorious greens

Discover the abundance of fresh and deliciously tender M&S Select Farms British summer greens in season now, and be inspired with our tasty recipe ideas. Eating your greens has never tasted so good

Say hello to beautiful British summer greens

With fresh and tender British summer vegetables at their best right now, it’s the perfect time to whip up a light and elegant summer salad.

Our British peas, broad beans, sugar snap peas and courgettes are grown in the Cotswolds, and we’ve worked with M&S Select Farmers Martin and William Haines for more than 40 years. The unique microclimate on the brothers’ family farm allows for a longer growing season for these sweet and tender summer veg.

When it comes to the cooking, keep it simple to let the flavour of the veggies shine. Try a British-Italian mashup with the easy salad pictured here. Simply blanch podded peas, runner beans and sugar snap peas for a couple of minutes until tender, before plunging into cold water (this helps them keep their bright green colour).

Top with our new Puglian burrata and a simple dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice and black pepper, before finishing with fresh mint.

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Try a tasty broccoli brunch

Purple sprouting broccoli is a seasonal British delight, and ours is grown by M&S Select Farmers Martin and William Haines, who share our high-quality standards.

Leafier and deeper in colour than its green counterpart, purple sprouting broccoli has a robust flavour, so it can stand up to spice in a stir-fry, salty cheese in a summer tart, or chilli and garlic in a simple pasta dish.

Try mixing up your brunch by embracing British purple sprouting broccoli. Char the broccoli in a griddle or frying pan until it’s beginning to brown around the edges. Meanwhile, poach a free-range egg to your liking. Serve the broccoli topped with the egg, and finish with a few shavings of parmesan and red chilli flakes. Serve with sourdough toast or on a toasted English muffin.

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The best British beans

Our runner beans are grown by fourth-generation M&S Select Farmers Paul and Mike Southall. The light soil and low altitude of the brothers’ farm make it the perfect place for growing tender, delicate veggies. They also promote biodiversity on the farm by encouraging natural pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.

Let these delicious beans shine in a laid-back summer salad.

To make it, cut green and runner beans at an angle and steam until tender while you pod and blanch some peas. Wash a few heads of crunchy lettuce, and arrange everything on a big plate or platter, then crumble over some ricotta. Finish with mint leaves, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper – delicious alongside pan-fried fish for a light summer dinner.

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Three ways to eat more greens

Try these easy recipe ideas with our M&S Select Farms runner beans, fresh peas and lettuce – guaranteed to please even the fussiest of eaters.

Fish taco lettuce cups
Cook M&S fish goujons, then arrange in iceberg lettuce cups. Spoon a little Cook with M&S chipotle paste into mayonnaise and drizzle on top, and finish with fresh red onion, chilli and lime.

Pea and mint dip
Pod, blanch and drain M&S Select Farms British peas (or use frozen peas). Blitz with ricotta, mint and lemon juice, and serve with crunchy crudités.

Runner bean and prawn Thai curry
In a large pan, sizzle a generous spoonful of M&S red Thai curry paste, then add a tin of coconut milk. Simmer until reduced a little, then add runner beans and raw prawns. Cook through and finish with lime, coriander and chilli.

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