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leekLeek vinaigrette is one of my favourite healthy lunch meals. Leek vinaigrette is a classic French recipe where the white part of the leek is cooked in a steamer and then topped with a vinaigrette. Usually the vinaigrette is made with dijon mustard and egg. You can eat them cold or lukewarm with a cold vinaigrette.

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Today I had a really busy morning and I did not had time to prepare my lunch so I tried to cook the leek in the microwave. I arrange the slices of leek in a dish with 1 cm of water and cover with plastic wrap. Then I microwaved for 5 minutes until the leek were tender. If you are looking for healthy lunch ideas for work it is clearly one to add on your to do list!

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I prepared an hazelnut vinaigrette because I did not want to use egg as in the classic french recipe. I mixed cider vinegar with hazelnut oil and I roasted some crushed hazelnuts to topped on the leek. It was so simple but delicious. The leek were tender. The vinaigrette had a nutty flavour with a light vinegar taste. And the roasted on the top were just perfect to add some crunch. I kept the green part of the leeks to use in a leek potato soup for my baby girl.


Leeks Vinaigrette Topped with Roasted Hazelnuts

Leek vinaigrette topped with roasted hazelnut
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Author: SweetAsHoneyNZ
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  • 2 leeks sliced
  • 2 tbsp hazelnut oil
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 handful of hazelnuts crushed


  • Cut the white part of the leeks in slices of 5 cm.
  • Arrange the leek slices onto a microwave proof dish.
  • Add 1 cm of cold water and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Microwave for 5 minutes.
  • When cooked let the steam evaporated and transfer the leek slices onto a plate.
  • In a saucepan roast the crushed hazelnuts for 2 minutes.
  • Set aside.
  • In a bowl combine the cider vinegar and hazelnut oil to prepare the hazelnut vinaigrette
  • Pour the vinaigrette onto the lukewarm leek slices and top up with the roasted hazelnuts.
  • Eat straight away or refrigerate without the hazelnuts for a light dinner meal.

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