18 May 2012

Asparagus, Avocado, Blue Cheese and Beetroot Salad

I am ever hopeful and with an eye to the summer, I am tucking into a lot of salads and imagining the joy of eating them on a picnic blanket with my loved ones. Beside us is an overflowing picnic basket full of homemade goodies and our happy toddler is running barefoot in the grass, singing and laughing.

 My latest salad is also my entry into the Al Fresco Holiday's Chef of the Year Competition.

A wee bit background:

Al Fresco Holidays are all about holidays for families who want to enjoy luxury outdoor living without splashing out. Splashing about in the pool, bike rides through beautiful countryside, messing about in boats, building the perfect sandcastle, discovering picturesque local villages, or simply relaxing in the sunshine with a good book whilst the kids are off running around with their new friends. Modern holiday homes with two or three bedrooms, air conditioning, power showers,  modern designer kitchens and a decked veranda and enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings.

Their Chef of the Year Competition is calling for foodies to enter their best al fresco style recipe for their chance to win a family holiday. Whether you love picnic treats, or rustling up a feast on the BBQ is more your sort of thing, they want to hear from you.You have until the 31 May 2012 at 5pm to enter.


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Asparagus, Avocado, Smooth Blue Cheese &
Beetroot Salad
A flavourful salad for sunny days. A lovely mixture of flavours and textures to brighten up your day.
  • 90g mixed salad leaves
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 12 asparagus tips
  • 120-150g Blue cheese, I used Claxstone's Smooth Blue, cut into chunks
  • 12 baby beets, (pickled or fresh) cut in half
1. Steam or boil the asparagus until tender, then rinse in cold water to refresh. 2. Divide the salad leaves between the bowls. 3. Slice the avocado and then toss in the lemon juice, This will prevent the avocado from browning, but will also add a bit of extra flavour too. 4. Add the asparagus, avocado and baby beets to the bowls, then top with the blue cheese and a drizzle of your favourite salad dressing.
Total time: Yield: Serves 4

And a few of my favourite salads:

I am entering my salad into Lisa's Challenge Britain's Got Salad. Lisa is fed up with the pitiful salads offered to vegetarians in restaurant and so am I. If you want to add your salad to her linky, just head over there.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was required to post some information about Al Fresco Holidays and Chef of the Year Competition, as well as my recipe.


  1. That's beautiful - and here's hoping the @#$%! weather soon cooperates so you can have your dream picnic.

    Even the plate is gorgeous. ::sigh::

  2. Thanks Tanita and I am with you on the weather x

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  4. Tanita will only eat 2 of the 4 ingredeients, however - she doesn't do asparagus or blue cheese. I do, though, so come on over with your salad. :)

    1. Now that is funny as Graham is exactly the same. No blue cheese or asparagus x

  5. That looks stunning. I LOVE blue cheese and will eat everything in that salad. Waiting for those sunny days. My favourite thing is to eat breakfast outside, it always feels so decadent and holiday like. Last year I think we managed it once or twice but that is all :(

  6. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL! You know how much I LOVE salads Jac and this has MY name all over it! :-)

    1. It was really yummy Karen, such a good contrast in textures.

  7. What a stunning & great fab salad! i love it so much! I also love beets a lot!
    I hope you win! :)

  8. That salad looks too good to eat! Thanks for linking up to Britain's Got Salad! xx

  9. amazing recipe! thanx

    Saving Mummys Money

  10. please come and pack my lunch - I love your salads and could eat them for breakfast lunch and dinner - this one looks just gorgeous


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