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Asparagus, soya bean and pea salad with a lemon dressing.

This is a great combination of three winning green vegetables, asparagus, soya beans and peas – the best news is that two of the three can just be taken straight from your freezer which makes this such a simple salad to prepare and a simple one to shop for.

I have decorated the salad with red amaranth – a micro herb which adds colour and lifts it to a whole new level of sophistication! Mirco herbs are intense in flavour and are found more and more in good greengrocers or have a go at growing your own, they are easy, even in winter and very fast to grow.

Asparagus, soya bean and pea salad with a lemon dressing.

Serves 6

2 packets of asparagus, trimmed and  each stem cut into three

1 cup frozen peas

1 cup frozen soya beans

handful of chopped dill

salt and black pepper to taste

50 g parmesan sliced very thinly

Micro herbs – I used red amaranth but also try baby pea shoots.

Dressing

6 tbsp virgin olive oil

3 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp runny honey

salt and pepper

 

In a pan of cold water which is slightly salted add the peas and soya beans, once they boil, add the asparagus and boil until just cooked – a minute or so.

Drain.

Make the dressing by adding all the ingredients to a jam jar and shake the jar. Season to taste.

Dress the warm vegetables with the dressing – toss. Allow to cool

Top with chopped dill, parmesan and micro herbs. Do not add cheese for vegan guests.

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