A fancy coleslaw, wrapped in ham. What’s not to like!?


I used two pieces of ham, but if I did it again I would use one – to make it lighter. Equally, I used a glass – which is why I used two – but I would use an egg ring, or cookie cutter, and leave the salad ‘open’, the jamon (similar to parma ham, but from Spain) just wrapped around the sides.

I guess you could use pretty much anything you want as the filling – but I wanted a balance of sweet, savoury, peppery, and tarte – so for mine roasted red peppers, carrots, cabbage, onions, mild chillies and olives. The recipe will make a fair amount of salad – which can be chilled and dollop of which makes a pretty epic side dish in its own right.


  • 90 g of carrots (about 1 medium carrot)
  • 75  g of cabbage
  • 50 g of onion (about half a medium onion)
  • 40 g roasted sweet pepper (bell pepper)
  • ~1 mild chilli (optional)
  • 40 g of olives
  • 2 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp or cream cheese
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 slices of jamon, parma ham or similar cured ham


  1. Finely grate or shred the veggies, then mix them with the mayo, cream cheese, and flavourings – season to taste.
  2. Line a glass with clingfilm (plastic wrap), this will make it easier to remove them later, then lightly grease the inside.
  3. Drape one sheet of ham in the cup, then place the 2nd at 90 degrees – so the glass is covered by the ham. There should now be 4 bits of ham hanging over the edges of the glasses.
  4. Stuff the ham with the vegetables, then fold the extended slices of the ham over the top. You can then flip the glasses up over a plate, and pull away the glass. Gently peel of the clingfilm.
  5. It’s ready to serve – I served them with a small ball of lambs lettuce and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

(Next time, I will lightly oil a ring then line it with 1 piece of ham inside – maybe even tearing it in half to make sure it goes all the way around – then place that on a plate, stuff it and remove the ring, leaving a circle of the chopped salad .)