Warm roast asparagus salad

Warm roast asparagus salad

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 40 mins - 50 mins


Serves 4
Jill Dupleix's simple and impressive salad is the perfect accompaniment to a Spring meal.

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  • 500g plump asparagus



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 4 ripe tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 thin rashers of streaky bacon
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 16 small potatoes, preferably Jersey Royals



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 100g packet rocket or baby spinach leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6/fan 180C. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus and discard. Arrange the asparagus in a single layer in a baking tray with sides. Cut the tomatoes in half widthways, nestle them in with the asparagus, season with sea salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Roll each bacon rasher into a tight roll (if large, first cut in half crosswise), and arrange in the tray. Drizzle the bacon rolls with the honey and bake for 20 minutes until the tomatoes are soft and the bacon is crisp.

  2. In the meantime, boil the potatoes until tender. Whisk the vinegar, olive oil, mustard, some sea salt and pepper in a large bowl until blended. Toss the rocket or spinach leaves in half of the dressing, and arrange on a large serving platter.

  3. Drain the potatoes and cut in half. Gently toss them in the rest of the dressing, and arrange on the platter with the asparagus. Tuck in the tomatoes and bacon.

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25th Jan, 2015
I make this regularly using sliced pancetta instead of bacon. It's a fantastic accompaniment to steak but actually we often eat it as a main course on its own and really enjoy it. My boyfriend (who is not the greatest veg lover) has started requesting it!
11th Aug, 2014
Second time of making it and just as good as the first. Both myself and my husband enjoyed this. I didn't have the red wine vinegar so just used Balsamic and left out the mustard (due to not liking it). I also served with a bit of halloumi.
7th May, 2013
Have made before and was lovely - this time used turkish garlic sausage in place of bacon as had spare = yum. Also used white wine vinigar as run out of red and dont think it made much difference
17th Jul, 2012
I make this regularly and it is always a winner. Great on its own, but I often have a piece of fish with this. Super tasty and a great way to get a few different vegetables on your plate.
16th May, 2012
had this for dinner tonight, I have never had asparagus before it was quite nice but thought it was a bit strong tasting.
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Rowena Wilkes
10th May, 2012
Really enjoyed this. I lessened the quantites as there was only 2 of us. I used proscuitto instead of bacon as that was all I had and didnt bother with the potatos. Just used the dressing over the salad instead, though found there was a bit too much vinegar. Will definately make again but will change the dressing
28th Apr, 2012
Really liked this, so simple and tasty. also browned some chunks of halloumi and added this to the salad which worked well.
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13th Jun, 2010
We all loved it. Used Pancetta instead of bacon and no honey. Will do it again next year.
13th May, 2010
I loved this recipe! I used a variety pack of cherry tomatoes and roasted half and kept the others raw. Gave it an extra texture dimension. I'l be very sad when asparagus season's over.
17th Apr, 2008
a great way to cook asparagus, really tasty. I used sherry vinegar in the dressing which worked well. Next time i would halve the bacon no matter what the size of the rasher
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