A really useful prepare-ahead salad.


  • 125 ml french dressing
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 450 g beetroot (cooked, peeled and diced)
  • 450 g cooked long-grain rice
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 large eating apple (peeled, cored and diced)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 100 g cooked asparagus (chopped)
  • 150 ml mayonnaise
  • 1 hard-boiled egg (sliced)
  • 4 parsley sprigs


  • Mix in a bowl, French dressing, mustard, tarragon and parsley, beating well with a fork. Add the beetroot, rice and onion to the dressing and, using two large spoons, toss the salad in the dressing. Place the bowl in the refrigerator overnight.
  • The following day, put the apple in a bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Add the asparagus and mayonnaise and stir well until the ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  • Remove the rice mixture from the refrigerator and pour the mayonnaise mixture on to the rice mixture. Toss the salad, using two spoons. Transfer the salad to a chilled serving bowl and garnish with the slices of hard-boiled egg and parsley sprig. Serve immediatly.