Recipe: Warm New Potato and Asparagus Salad

As part of the National Vegetarian Week here’s a recipe from the Vegetarian Society Cordon Vert School recipe section: Season to Taste


Warm New Potato and Asparagus Salad

Serves 4
Preparation time: 10 - 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Warm new potato and asparagus salad
Ingredients

  • 700g baby new potatoes (cut in half if more than 4 cms)

Dressing

  • 50ml olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 good tsp runny honey* (or 2 scant tsp apple concentrate)
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 25g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 16-24 asparagus spears (at least 6 spears per person if thin or 4 spears if asparagus is thicker)
  • 80g young spinach leaves
  • 100g soft vegetarian goat’s cheese log, thinly sliced* (or 75g vegan soft cheese)
  • 6 large radishes, sliced
  • Season to taste

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to Gas 6/200F/400F. Parboil the potatoes for 15 minutes until slightly tender. Drain and cool for 5 minutes before placing in a roasting pan.

2. Mix the dressing ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper if desired, and pour half over the potatoes, mixing well. Roast for approx 25 minutes until soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. Sprinkle the walnuts on a separate baking tray and dry roast for 3 – 4 minutes to intensify their flavour. Do not let them burn!

3. Trim the woody ends off the asparagus spears and discard. Steam the asparagus for 5 to 7 minutes (depending on size) until tender. Place in a dish and pour over the remaining dressing.

4. To assemble the salad: cover the base of a large, wide salad bowl with spinach leaves; place the potatoes on top followed by the sliced goat’s cheese (which will melt slightly), and then by the asparagus. Finally sprinkle with the roasted walnuts and garnish with the radish slices.

This recipe ©The Vegetarian Society 2007 » Link

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