Asparagus & courgette salad with feta & sesame seeds

Asparagus & courgette salad with feta & sesame seeds

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 1 or 3-4 as side dish

Griddling vegetables gives them a deeper flavour, which matches the toasted seeds and salty cheese perfectly

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
214
protein
15g
carbs
12g
fat
11g
saturates
4g
fibre
9g
sugar
7g
salt
0.8g

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp sesame seed
  • 140g asparagus
  • 50g peas
  • 200g courgettes
  • 1 tsp sesame or olive oil
  • small handful rocket leaves
  • 20g feta cheese
  • grated zest ½ lemon

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Method

  1. Heat a small frying pan and add the sesame seeds. Cook, shaking the pan and making sure the seeds don’t burn. When they are fragrant and have turned a light teak colour, tip them onto a saucer.
  2. Steam the asparagus for 3-4 mins until almost done. Drop into a bowl of iced water to cool, then drain and wrap in a tea towel to dry really well. Cook the peas for 3 mins in the boiling water used to steam the asparagus, then drain and cool under a cold tap. Slice the courgettes on the diagonal, about 0.5cm thick.
  3. Heat a griddle pan until very hot. Brush the asparagus and courgette slices with the oil, and cook in batches until nicely striped with dark brown. Cut the asparagus into 5cm lengths.
  4. Mix the asparagus, courgettes, peas, rocket, feta and lemon zest. Grind over some black pepper and sprinkle with the sesame seeds before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2013

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raquella's picture

Really fresh and tasty. Loved it. I added extra feta, sesame seeds and a squeeze of lemon. Perfect

raquella's picture

Really fresh and tasty. I added extra sesame seeds and a squeeze of lemon. perfect.

lyndaburns's picture

Delicious, original salad. Easy to prepare, but looks impressive. I just added a more generous quantity of feta.

bronia1975's picture
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I served this salad to friends and they loved it. The sesame oil and lemon make this dish work.

lydiakc's picture
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Oops, forgot to rate it with the previous comment!

lydiakc's picture
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I added fresh mint, chopped red onion and cannellini beans to mine to bulk it out a little more - delicious! I also had no sesame seeds but included flaked almonds instead. I'm not usually a massive fan of salads but this was an especially good one.

keithhodkinson's picture

Some fresh mint added would be nice

mongibello's picture

May have a problem, where I live, in finding sesame seeds so think I'll substitute with pine nuts instead. Sounds good.

tobyjug3's picture
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I DISLIKE ROCKET SO USED LITTLE GEM INSTEAD. NEXT TIME WILL USE SESAME OIL AND OMIT THE SEEDS AS i HAVE FALSE TEETH. OTHERWISE PERFECT.

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