Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Asparagus, Strawberry,Avocado and Feta Salad

A Christmas Salad

This salad with its festive red, green and white colours make a perfect Christmas salad. But it’s also a stand out at any time of the summer until the asparagus and strawberry seasons are over.

Like all salads it tastes best if the ingredients are freshly picked. I gather the ingredients in the early morning from our Sunday Takapuna market and also fill my basket with some excellent cheeses, salami and breads. A casual meal using these can be on the table within 15 minutes. It’s the perfect way to entertain.


1 punnet of strawberries (sliced)

1 bundle of asparagus (look for slim stalks)

125 grams of feta cheese (cubed)

A couple of handfuls of baby spinach leaves

1-2 avocados, peeled and sliced


6 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of Lupi's white balsamic condiment

Pepper and salt to taste


Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook the asparagus stalks until just tender (young fresh thin stalks should not need more than 3-5 minutes)

Drain, immerse briefly in cold water, then drain again.

Arrange all the salad ingredients decoratively on a platter.

Drizzle the dressing over.


( Lupi's Balsamic Condiment is fruity and slightly sweet. It is available in supermarkets and I use it frequently in salad dressing. If it can't be found use lemon or lime juice instead but you may need to add 1/2 teaspoon of honey.



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