I was quite surprised with the outcome of this salad, I started out just intending to have some grilled asparagus for lunch and before I knew it I had built a very colourful salad with lots of contrasting colours and textures. Pat on the back for me!! If you are trying to lay off the carbs for lunch time but find yourself stuck for lunch time ideas, this little salad is a winner. The sweet dressing really compliments the asparagus and the cheese also.
1 small bunch of asparagus, woody ends snapped off
50g feta cheese
1 cooked beetroot, diced
1 handful of washed rocket leaves
1 tomato, quartered
1 tbsp runny honey
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
½ a grated clove of garlic
Preheat a griddle pan until its smoking hot and put the asparagus one and let to char for a few minute before turning
On a plate, arrange the rocket, tomato, beetroot and crumble the feta
To making the dressing simply mix all the ingredients together in a cup, whisking to get a little emulsion
Turn the asparagus until it charred all round
Add to the salad and toss with the dressing liberally.
This would be a good salad for a BBQ, or as an accompaniment to roast chicken or lamb. For extra protein, you could actually add a hard boiled egg, or some chicken, or even flaking some cooked salmon would be actually good here.