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Grilled Asparagus Salad

Mattby Matt, 9 yr, 5 m ago in Recipes
Comments | Tags: salad, asparagus, summer season, UK

For 4 small or 2 big portions; add a few new potatoes to stretch it further.  Asparagus works really well in salads and combining it with other vegetables helps it stretch a little further.  

Asparagus is traditionally only cut until Midsummer's Day

You’ll need a griddle pan .

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 2 courgettes
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 pack Halloumi cheese thinly sliced (or crumble feta or goats cheese onto the finished salad)
  • 2 courgettes
  • olive oil
  • a handful of lettuce or other salad leaves
  • salt and pepper

For the dressing .....

...in a jar shake together

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 small bunch fresh herbs, finely chopped; basil, mint or parsley (if you don’t have any herbs to hand you could flavour the dressing with a little pesto sauce)

Instructions

  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and blanch the asparagus for 4 minutes.
  2. Drain and plunge into a pan of cold water to cool.
  3. Transfer to another dish and toss in a little oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Slice the pepper into 4 pieces and place skin side up under a hot grill until charred and blistered.
  5. Rub the skin away and slice into 1cm strips.
  6. Slice the courgettes lengthways as thinly as you can (a mandolin would be useful here) and toss, with the pepper strips, in a little oil and salt and pepper.
  7. Heat a griddle pan and cook all the vegetables in batches, turning them when clearly marked with black lines.
  8. Do the cheese last.
  9. Build up the salad on the individual plates as if you were competing on Masterchef, and sprinkle on the dressing.
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