Asparagus, Radish & Rocket Salad

Asparagus & Radish Salad 020aThe asparagus season is in full swing, but before we know it, it will be over, so I am making the most of it!

The new season’s radishes are also fabulous, so I’m enjoying those as well and here I have teamed the two with some rocket and an Asian-style dressing for a salad to serve with barbecued or pan-cooked meats.

Asparagus, Radish & Rocket Salad

The asparagus and radish mixture can be left to sit at room temperature for an hour or two before serving.

Serves 4 as a side dish

500g asparagus, trimmed
1 bunch (about 6) radishes, cut into thin wedges
a couple of handfuls rocket leaves
SPICY GINGER & SESAME DRESSING
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Bird’s eye chilli, sliced and seeded, if desired (optional)
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) or soy sauce
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp sesame oil

1              Cut asparagus spears into several pieces, separating tips and lower parts of spears. Set aside.

2              Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil, add lower parts of asparagus spears, bring back to simmering and simmer, for 3-5 minutes longer. Add asparagus tips, bring back to simmering and simmer for 2-3 minutes longer or until asparagus is just tender. Drain well.

3              For the dressing, place ginger, garlic, chilli, vinegar, tamari and oils in a bowl and whisk to combine.

4              Add asparagus and radishes to dressing and toss to combine.

5              Just prior to serving, line a serving platter with rocket and top with asparagus mixture.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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9 thoughts on “Asparagus, Radish & Rocket Salad”

  1. I’m also making the most of the season. We just had three bunches of asparagus for dinner (with other things). I love this salad and the dressing sounds really lovely with the tamari and the apple cider vinegar – very good for you! xx
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  2. Nice going, R! I like your attention to detail. It so happens that I just recently bought a few spears of asparagus, which I rare do since they are so expensive here, about ¥170 for just 5 spears. Well, it seems expensive to me, anyways…
    I may take your inspiration with some switch-ups (carrots in place of radish, since I have those on hand).
    Enjoy that summer weather – it is getting nippy up here!
    Best,
    D

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