Grilled Asparagus & Spinach Salad

A very easy side salad that can be served with or without the cheese. An ideal accompaniment to a BBQ. 


Ingredients

2 to 3 bunches of asparagus (approximately 20 to 30)
100gm baby spinach
1tbs olive oil (for grilling)
50gm to 70gm shaved parmasen cheese (my preference is reggiano)
2tbs extra virgin olive oil
1tbs good quality balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper to taste


Method

After washing the asparagus, gently bend each piece till they snap and discard the woody base segment. Mix the asparagus in a large mixing bowl with the olive oil and cook over a high heat BBQ grill for 2-3 minutes then turnover and cook for another 2-3 minutes until they are lightly grilled, being careful not to burn them. Transfer the cooked asparagus pieces back to the mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly for a couple of minutes.

Arrange the spinach on a large flat serving platter then layer the cooked asparagus pieces over the top. Sprinkle with the cheese. Drizzle over the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar then add some salt and pepper over the top to taste. 


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