This is a salad that you can enjoy all summer and into the autumn. The recipe was given to me by my friend Perry Rodriguez, Great Dixter’s estate manager, and he in turn got it from his mother Aida.

Grow fruit and vegetables in pots book cover

It’s light enough to share with those who don’t want anything heavy, but still satisfying enough to make you feel like you have eaten well. It’s also ideal for when friends decide to stay longer than expected, as it can turn a few ‘things in cans’ from the larder into something really delicious.


  • 1kg New potatoes Chopped or halved, depending on size
  • 400g Canned tuna in olive oil Broken into bite-size pieces
  • 25g Canned anchovy fillets (about 10) Shredded
  • 4-5 Thick spring onions Sliced
  • A handful of green beans or asparagus (optional) Cooked and chopped
  • 2-3 Hard-boiled eggs Sliced
  • A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • A drizzle of red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper


  • STEP 1

    Put the potatoes into a plan of water, bring to a boil, and cook for 10 minutes until tender but still holding their shape. Drain and set aside to cool.

  • STEP 2

    Put the cooked potatoes into a serving bowl, then add the tuna, anchovies, spring onions and beans or asparagus (if using).

  • STEP 3

    Drizzle with oil and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.

  • STEP 4

    Arrange the sliced eggs over the top of the salad and serve immediately.


Having studied at Kew Gardens and spent two years at Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in Israel, Aaron Bertelsen is now vegetable gardener and cook at Great Dixter. His book, The Great Dixter Cookbook was published in March 2017.