Roasted asparagus spring onion chorizo & butter bean salad with a lime chipotle dressing

There have also been moments when I have thought about the logistics of having our allotment and how much time it takes up, can we do it, is it really worth it????
We all have that dilemma with spreading ourselves too thinly, achieving little, taking on a lot and getting frustrated on a daily basis. Why, I am not sure. But, in the whirlwind of the bank holiday celebrations Mr.Scott did manage to sort out our plot whilst I was on children duty.

So I now feel slightly calmer and more ready for this late starting growing season. I have now been awarded with huge amounts of spinach, rainbow chard, rhubarb, sorrel, chives and spring onions. This is all good. I have so my ideas of what to do with my unexpected harvest, but for now I am starting with a simple spring salad which uses the home grown spring onions along with British asparagus and the ever useful (tinned) butter beans.
There are a few twists in the tail with my salad though. I have created a Mexican influenced dressing using chipotle chilli powder from HERE. To bring it all together in perfect harmony I have also added little nuggets of chorizo which turns this into a salad of substance and full flavour sensation. The only tip I would offer when making this salad is to let the flavours mingle for a while, it really is worth it. I made it at lunchtime and ate it in the evening with some crusty bread. Seriously epic!

I am of course entering this salad into One Ingredient hosted by me this month and Franglais Kitchen on alternate months. The ingredient for May is ASPARAGUS.

As asparagus are  in season at the moment I am also sending this over to SIMPLE AND IN SEASON at Ren Behan.


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  1. says

    What a beautiful and unusual way to use asparagus. I’d love to grow my own veg but just don’t see to have the time (lies, actually I don’t have the patience…maybe one day!)

    • says

      Yes, it is another thing to add to the list, agree! I am ok with it now as I know what I’m doing otherwise wouldn’t make the effort. Asparagus work so well here, especially with all the other flavours x

    • says

      Hi Anna, thanks so much. I think there are lots of us who love these ingredients and I hope you manage to buy some asparagus soon. They are so good!

  2. says

    Great sounding salad Laura ! I love the combination of flavours in the dressing. I’ll definitely be trying your recipe, but will make it vegetarian if that’s ok – halloumi instead of chorizo.

  3. says

    This look so good dear Laura, I am sure that taste great (salty chorizo combined with mild asparagus!!!). I’m glad to read that you have something to harvest from the allotment. I have only purple sprouting broccoli and a lot of hopes for the new season. The weather is so unpredictable here in the UK and we are not sure when to plant out our young plants started indoors…..


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