- 250g long grain rice
- 250g bunch asparagus, cut in bite-size pieces
Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…
- 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
Sometimes called bell peppers or capsicums, these sweet, mild peppers come in variety of colours…
- 3 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- garted zest and juice 1 lemon
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
- 2 x 125g packs mini mozzarella, halved (or 2 x 125g balls mozzarella, chopped)
- 1 large bunch mint leaves, shredded
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Drop the rice into a pan of boiling salted water and cook for 10 minutes. Toss in the asparagus and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the rice is completely cooked and the asparagus is only slightly crunchy. Drain into a sieve and hold under the cold tap until cool.
When the rice is cold, stir in the red pepper, oil, lemon zest and juice, mozzarella and mint leaves. Season well.
Give it a twist
Use feta or halloumi instead of mozzarella and stir through a handful of pitted black olives. Try green beans instead of asparagus.