Salad days are here again

WARM NEW POTATO AND ASPARAGUS SALAD Spring might just have sprung and its time to swap that winter comfort food with healthy salad. What you need (serves 4):  700g baby new potatoes (cut in half if more than 4 cms)  25g walnuts, roughly chopped, 16-24 a

WARM NEW POTATO AND ASPARAGUS SALAD

Spring might just have sprung and its time to swap that winter comfort food with healthy salad. What you need (serves 4):

700g baby new potatoes (cut in half if more than 4 cms)

25g walnuts, roughly chopped, 16-24 asparagus spears (at least 6 spears per person if thin or 4 spears if asparagus is thicker)


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80g young spinach leaves

100g soft goats cheese log, thinly sliced* (or 75g vegan soft cheese)

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6 large radishes, sliced.

Dressing

50ml olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 good tsp runny honey* (or 2 scant tsp apple concentrate)

2 tsp wholegrain mustard

What you do:

Pre-heat oven to Gas 6/200F/400F. Parboil the potatoes for 15 minutes until slightly tender. Drain and cool for 5 minutes before placing in a roasting pan.

2. Mix the dressing ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper if desired, and pour half over the potatoes, mixing well. Roast for approx 25 minutes until soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. Sprinkle the walnuts on a separate baking tray and dry roast for 3 - 4 minutes to intensify their flavour. Do not let them burn!

3. Trim the woody ends off the asparagus spears and discard. Steam the asparagus for 5 to 7 minutes (depending on size) until tender. Place in a dish and pour over the remaining dressing.

4. To assemble the salad: cover the base of a large, wide salad bowl with spinach leaves; place the potatoes on top followed by the sliced goat's cheese (which will melt slightly), and then by the asparagus. Finally sprinkle with the roasted walnuts and garnish with the radish slices.

(c) The Vegetarian Society - (recipe created by the Cordon Vert cookery school) www.vegsoc.org.

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