The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is the world’s top boutique hotel brand, and we’ve got the recipe for a house salad personally created by the President and Founder, Beatrice Tollman.
Hunter Salad is featured in the brand new book and served at Cheneston’s, the gorgeous dining room at The Milestone Hotel in the heart of London’s Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Bea Tollman’s newly published travelogue and recipe book, A Life in Food, weaves anecdotal memoirs, adventures in travel and experiences as an international hotelier with a vision to make every single guest stay into an especially memorable one. How well she has succeeded.
Mrs. Tollman’s favorite vinaigrette is used in this chopped salad served in an individual glass, dressed tableside. Fresh market ingredients, layered bottom to top, are:
Baby gem lettuce, 1 tablespoon
Red radish, 1 tablespoon
Diced beetroot, 1 tablespoon
Plum tomato, 1 tablespoon
Spring onion, 1 tablespoon
Diced carrot, 1 tablespoon
Diced celery, 1 tablespoon
Chicory*, 1 tablespoon
Diced avocado, 1 tablespoon
Micro cress to garnish atop salad
(* I must inform, dear reader, that chicory in the UK is called endive in the USA, and vice versa.)
Sour cream, 3 tablespoons
Mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons
Red wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons
Tabasco sauce, ½ teaspoon
Soya sauce, 2 tablespoons
Garlic, 2 cloves finely chopped
Lemon juice, 2 tablespoons
Olive oil, 175 ml
Vegetable oil, 175 ml
Directions: Add all ingredients together except the oils. Gradually whisk in the two oils to get desired consistency and season to taste.
Top of the charts
Two of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection properties in prime central London, Hotel 41 and The Milestone, are ranked number one and number two on TripAdvisor by popular choice. Following half-a-lifetime spent in London, my personal favorite dining spot is Cheneston’s at The Milestone directly across the street from the grassy lawns of Kensington Gardens and the wrought iron gates of Kensington Palace.
Top of the day
You’ll certainly know you’re in the right place when the top-hatted gentleman holding the the door open is sporting a red carnation in his smart uniform lapel. From the moment you enter this handsome 19th century brick clad townhouse, you’ll understand why the list of awards is so long, including best in the UK and in the top five in all of Europe in 2014.
“A Life in Food” is available at all Red Carnation Hotels and on Amazon.com. All proceeds go to Bea Tollman’s favorite charities: Starlight Children’s Foundation and The Tick Tock Club at Great Ormond Street, the childrens’ hospital in London.