Char-grilled Asparagus with Orange Vinaigrette & Whipped Feta

Char-grilled Asparagus with Orange Vinaigrette & Whipped Feta

  • Preparation time

    20 mins
  • Cook time

    15 mins
  • Serves 4-6

Whether it’s on the BBQ or in the kitchen, this recipe for Char-grilled Asparagus with Orange Vinaigrette & Whipped Feta makes for a fresh and vibrant starter or side salad. Perfect for a Kiwi Christmas!

Dietary Information

Dietary and nutritional info supplied by NZ Nutrition Foundation.

Ingredients

  • Asparagus - 2 bunches
  • Feta - 75 g
  • Cream cheese - 50 g
  • Water - 1 Tbsp
  • Olive oil - 3 Tbsp
  • Orange - 1
  • Lemon - 1
  • Dijon mustard - 1 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Small clove garlic, minced - 1
  • Mint, leaves removed from stalks - 1/4 cup

Method

  1. Snap the woody ends off the asparagus. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and once rolling, add the asparagus and blanch for 30 seconds. Drain through a sieve and run under cold water so that they stop cooking. Sit over a bowl to let drain.

  2. Put the feta and cream cheese into a food processor and process until light and fluffy. You will need to scrap down the sides as you go to make sure everything is incorporated.

  3. Using a vegetable peeler, peel two strips off both the orange and lemon and finely slice. Set aside.

  4. In a small jar combine 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1 tablespoon of orange juice and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, mustard, honey and garlic. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Close the lid and shake to combine.

  5. Heat a griddle over a medium-high heat. Put the asparagus into a bowl and pour over the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Arrange on the griddle and grill under the asparagus chars, turning as you go to char all sides.

  6. Arrange on a serving plate, drizzle over the dressing, dollop with the whipped feta and scatter with the mint leaves and sliced citrus peel.

PER SERVE Energy 919.1Kj • Protein 6.4g • Total Fat 19.7g • Saturated Fat 7.1g • Carbohydrates 3.8g • Sugars 3.8g • Sodium 279.8mg

Dietary and nutritional info supplied by NZ Nutrition Foundation.