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Asparagus with Balsamic & Tomato Dressing

Asparagus with Balsamic & Tomato Dressing


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5-6 minutes

Serves 5

  • 500 g (1 lb) young asparagus spears, trimmed

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 50 g (2 oz) pine nuts, toasted

  • 25 g (1 oz) vegetarian Parmesan cheese shavings

  • Sea salt and pepper


  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 375 g (12 oz) tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and chopped

  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  1. To make the dressing, mix the vinegar, garlic, tomatoes and olive oil in a bowl. Set aside.

  2. Brush the asparagus with olive oil and cook on an oiled barbecue grill over hot coals or under a preheated moderate grill for 5-6 minutes until tender.

  3. Divide the grilled asparagus among 4 warmed serving plates. Spoon over the balsamic and tomato dressing, top with the pine nuts and Parmesan and sprinkle with the sea salt and pepper. Serve at once.

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