Asparagus and Grilled Halloumi Salad

Asparagus up until recently was a vegetable I wouldn't take a second look at. I only thought of asparagus as the vegetable that makes your wee smell and something that was wrapped up in soggy white bread and passed around at parties. You could say I was an asparagus snob.  That was until my best friend cooked asparagus for me in butter, garlic and salt. It was love at first bite and ever since I have made a point of including asparagus into my meals weekly when it is in season.  High in Vitamin K and folate and good levels of copper, vitamin B1, selenium, vitamin B2, vitamin C, and vitamin E this superstar vegetable can be tossed into salads, pasta, omelettes and stirfrys.  5+ A Day have a handful of asparagus recipes you can take inspiration from - Potato and Asparagus tart, Mushroom and Asparagus Stuff Baked Potaotes and Pan Fried Asparagus with Balsamic Strawberries and Feta.  We made a salad with asparagus and grilled halloumi, it's damn tasty, quick to make and is great to have on the side with Summer BBQ's.  Enjoy! 

Ingredients:

Salad:
300 grams asparagus, ends removed
2 zucchini, thinly sliced
2 large tomatoes, washed, halved and then quartered
½ cup watercress
150 grams halloumi cheese, sliced

Dressing:
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper to season

 

Method:

  1. Cook the asparagus in a pot of boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Drain and toss together in a bowl with the zucchini, watercress and tomatoes.
  2. Heat a pan. Brush the halloumi slices with a little olive oil and grill for 2 minutes on each side.
  3. Arrange all of the salad ingredients on a serving plate and top with halloumi. 
  4. Combine all of the dressing ingredients and pour onto the salad.  Serve while warm! 
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