Perfect match: asparagus salad with Kiwi sav blanc

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 4 people

  • 60 gm hazelnuts
  • 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 100 gm (2½ cups) crustless sourdough bread, coarsely torn
  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed
  • 100 gm baby chicory leaves (see note)
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  • Goat’s cheese dressing
  • 80 gm soft goat’s cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 lemon, finely grated rind only
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
01   Preheat oven to 180C. Place hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking tray, roast until golden (6-8 minutes). While warm, rub with tea towel to remove skins, chop coarsely, cool.
02   Meanwhile, combine 60ml olive oil, garlic and thyme in a bowl, add sourdough, toss to combine, spread in a single layer on a separate baking tray, season to taste and bake, stirring occasionally, until golden and toasted (6-8 minutes), cool.
03   Meanwhile, for goat’s cheese dressing, stir all ingredients continuously in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth and warmed through (3-5 minutes). Season to taste and keep warm.
04   Preheat a grill to high. Place asparagus in a single layer on a baking tray, drizzle with remaining oil, season to taste and grill, turning occasionally, until golden and cooked through (3-5 minutes). Combine hazelnuts, toasted sourdough, asparagus and chicory in a bowl, toss to combine, season to taste, drizzle with dressing and serve.

Note Chicory is a bitter green leaf available from select greengrocers. If baby chicory is unavailable, substitute the tender leaves of mature chicory or another bitter green.

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