Shallot, Courgette and Asparagus Salad

This light and fresh shallot, courgette and asparagus salad is perfect for summer when the weather is too warm for a big meal.

Ready in just 15 minutes, you can enjoy it as a side dish with a barbecue or on its own as a starter or light lunch.

Serves: 4   Prep time: 10 minutes   Cooking time:  5 minutes

You’ll need

  • 250g bunch of British asparagus
  • 4 shallots, finely sliced
  • 2 small courgettes, sliced into disks
  • 100g feta, broken into small pieces
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 4-5 sprigs tarragon, leaves roughly chopped
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp creme fraiche

What to do

  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and blanch the asparagus for 2-3 minutes. Add the sliced shallots to the pan for 30 seconds then drain the pan and run the veg under cold water.
  2. Drain again and put into a salad bowl with the courgette, feta, poppy seeds and tarragon.
  3. To mix the dressing put the juice of the lemon, oil, mustard and creme fraiche in jar with a screw top. Season and shake to combine. Drizzle over the salad and toss well.
  4. Taste and adjust the seasoning of necessary.


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