Warm Asparagus and Mushroom Salad with Baked Goat Cheese

This type of salad is popular in Provence, France, and makes a delicious lunch or supper dish. Roasting the asparagus intensifies the flavour.

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Servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 log (113 g) chèvre (soft goat cheese), chilled
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) paprika
  • 1-1/2 lb (750 g) Ontario Asparagus, trimmed (medium stalks)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) butter
  • 12 oz (375 g) mixed Ontario Mushrooms, sliced
  • Half sweet red pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) water
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) minced fresh tarragon or thyme or 1 tsp (5 mL) dried

Garnish (optional):

  • Fresh tarragon or thyme sprigs

Preparation

Slice goat cheese into 8 equal rounds. Mix bread crumbs with paprika in small dish; coat each side of rounds. Place cheese on baking sheet; set aside.

Arrange asparagus on rimmed baking sheet; drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Roast in 475 F (240 C) oven for 7 to 10 minutes or just until tender. Remove from oven; cover to keep warm. Place goat cheese in oven and bake until hot, 3 to 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, red pepper and garlic; cook, stirring until mushrooms are lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in water, vinegar and tarragon.

Arrange asparagus on warm salad plates; spoon mushroom mixture over asparagus. Top each serving with 2 rounds of goat cheese. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.

Tip: Mushroom varieties include shiitake, cremini, chanterelle and oyster.

Variation:

Season asparagus with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on mesclun or baby spinach. Top with mushroom mixture.

Nutrients per serving

  • Protein: 13.0 grams
  • Fat: 22.0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 14.0 grams
  • Calories: 306