Asparagus with halloumi recipe

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  • Gluten-free
  • Healthy
  • Nut-free

serves:

4

Skill:

easy

Cost:

cheap

5-a-day:

1

Cooking:

15 min
-20

Pan-fried halloumi cheese is perfect with the subtle flavour of asparagus. Add dressed rocket leaves for a tasty lunch or dinner party starter.

Ingredients

  • 6-8 asparagus spears per portion, peeled from the tips down
  • 20g (
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  • ¾
  • oz) buttery spread
  • 2 handfuls rocket leaves, picked and lightly rinsed
  • 4 x 30g (1
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  • ¼
  • ) slices of halloumi
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • Pepper

Method

  • Snap the woody end from each asparagus spear and discard. Peel the stalks carefully from the tips down. Drop into a large pan of water and cook for 2-3 mins until tender. Drain, brush with buttery spread and season lightly with pepper.

  • Meanwhile, place a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and once hot, place the halloumi slices in the pan and fry for 1-2 mins on each side until a rich golden brown in colour.

  • Mix together the olive oil and lemon juice for the dressing.

  • Place the buttery spread asparagus spears in a line in the centre of each plate and scatter the rocket leaves in the middle of the spears. Drizzle with a little lemon oil before topping with the fried halloumi slice. This works well with the asparagus served warm or cold.

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