Charred asparagus salad with creamy basil dressing

Based on 7 ratings

Ruby Goss

Editor at Kitchen Stories

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“When I was recently home in Australia over the summer, if there was a grill in sight, I was chargrilling stalks of asparagus (a great way to enhance its natural umami flavor), drizzling on some kind of lemony dressing, and topping it with nuts and herbs. Here’s an indoor version that uses a frying pan — with great results!”

Difficulty

Easy 👌
25
min.
Preparation
0
min.
Baking
0
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-4+
600 g green asparagus
60 g crème fraîche
1 tbsp mayonnaise
lemon
40 g almonds
1 tsp maple syrup
20 g basil
vegetable oil (for frying)
salt
pepper
Metric
Imperial

Utensils

  • 1 knife
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 pot
  • 1 bowl (small)
  • 1 fine grater
  • 1 liquid measuring cup
  • 1 immersion blender
  • 1 frying pan

Nutrition per serving

Cal
312
Protein
11 g
Fat
24 g
Carb
9 g
  • Step 1/4

    Remove and discard the tough, woody ends of the asparagus. Bring a small pot to a boil, add two thirds of the basil leaves and blanch for 5 sec. Transfer to a bowl of ice water and pat dry. Zest and juice lemon and roughly chop almonds.
    • 600 g green asparagus
    • 40 g almonds
    • 15 g basil
    • lemon
    • 1 knife
    • 1 cutting board
    • 1 pot
    • 1 bowl (small)
    • 1 fine grater

    Remove and discard the tough, woody ends of the asparagus. Bring a small pot to a boil, add two thirds of the basil leaves and blanch for 5 sec. Transfer to a bowl of ice water and pat dry. Zest and juice lemon and roughly chop almonds.

  • Step 2/4

    Add blanched basil, crème fraîche, mayonnaise, and maple syrup to a measuring cup and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
    • 60 g crème fraîche
    • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
    • 1 tsp maple syrup
    • salt
    • pepper
    • 1 liquid measuring cup
    • 1 immersion blender

    Add blanched basil, crème fraîche, mayonnaise, and maple syrup to a measuring cup and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Step 3/4

    Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add almonds and toast until golden. Set aside. Add vegetable oil to the same frying pan over high heat and fry asparagus in batches for approx. 3 min. on both sides, or until charred.
    • vegetable oil (for frying)
    • 1 frying pan

    Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add almonds and toast until golden. Set aside. Add vegetable oil to the same frying pan over high heat and fry asparagus in batches for approx. 3 min. on both sides, or until charred.

  • Step 4/4

    Stir lemon juice and zest into the dressing. Spread the basil dressing on a plate and place the charred asparagus on top. Garnish with toasted almonds and remaining fresh basil leaves. Enjoy!
    • 5 g basil

    Stir lemon juice and zest into the dressing. Spread the basil dressing on a plate and place the charred asparagus on top. Garnish with toasted almonds and remaining fresh basil leaves. Enjoy!