Barbecued Asparagus with Lemon, Mint and Feta

Not only does Australian asparagus signify that the weather is warming up, it also means there is much delicious eating to be had! This quick and easy side salad is the perfect accompaniment to your first barbie of the season!

Recipe from: Taste and re-created by GH Nutrition
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
1 lemon
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 bunches asparagus, woody ends trimmed
100g marinated feta, crumbled
1/2 cup small mint leaves
1/4 cup flaked almonds, toasted

To make
Preheat a barbecue or chargrill on medium heat. Use a zester to remove rind from lemon. Juice lemon.
Whisk lemon juice and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil in a small jug. Season well with salt and pepper.
Drizzle remaining oil over asparagus. Cook asparagus on grill, turning, for 3 minutes or until bright green, tender crisp and slightly charred. Transfer to a serving platter. Drizzle over lemon dressing. Sprinkle with lemon zest, feta, mint and almonds. Serve with protein of your choice.

  • WHAT’S IN SEASON | FRUIT: IN SEASON Apples, pears, quinces, persimmons, mandarins, Aussie navels.   BERRIES Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are scarce. NSW blueberries starting soon and look for prices to fall.  CANDY MELONS Try these sweet variety of  honey dew melon with a candy aroma. CITRUS It’s our favourite time of year for mandarins right now with fantastic Imperial mandarins and daisy mandarins starting. Lemons and limes good value. FEIJOAS This fruit is really growing in popularity it grows in Canberra and has a really interesting taste KIWIFRUIT Qld Aussie kiwi Goldkiwifruit great at the moment plus try cute and flavourful red kiwis.  NUTS Walnuts and chestnuts.  PAPAYA Scarce.  PERSIMMONS Hard and soft in season (don’t keep in the fridge). PLUMS Still eating and stewing well (cook and freeze now for later). POMEGRANATE Peak season with magnificent large and very glam Aussie poms in season.  VEGETABLES: IN SEASON Broccoli, zucchini, cherry tomatoes.  ASPARAGUS Imported only.   AVOCADOES Improving all the time as the growing season moves further South. Probably a month until the really good fruit.   PEAS Lovely sweet peas this week.  POTATOES & PUMPKIN Washed Dutch Creams in season also try grammar pumpkin.  TOMATOES Lots of cherry varieties in season. Local Roma and round (Thilmere) tomatoes.  FLOWERS It’s Mothers Day this weekend so many flowers in store. Great roses, tulips and natives.