asparagus, feta & hazelnut salad

Grilling asparagus brings out the flavour and who would think hazelnuts and feta make the whole dish sing.  Make this just ahead of the time and its great at room temperature.

 

ingredients

 

2-3 bunches new season asparagus, wash and break off woody ends

Olive oil spray

½ cup favourite dressing (see recipe below)

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

2/3 cup freshly roasted hazelnuts

Fresh herbs to garnish

 

 

directions

 

Heat the grill or oven and either grill the asparagus that you have sprayed with a light spray of olive oil or place in an oven baking dish and cook until lightly golden.

When they are tender (try a piece during the cooking process) place on a platter and drizzle with the favourite dressing and top with cheese and roasted hazelnuts that you have chopped roughly.

  • A favourite dressing for this asparagus is – combine ½ cup olive oil, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, a generous slurp of hazelnut oil (opt), 1 tsp honey, salt and black pepper, 2 tsp whole seed mustard, and 1/3 cup chopped fresh mixed herbs.

 

** After you have dry roasted the hazelnuts in the oven until lightly coloured – place in a clean tea towel and rub quickly to remove the nut shell or skins easily while the nuts are still warm.

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