Aspargus – serrano salad with almond cream and maple-mustard vinaigrette

Main courses

Aspargus – serrano salad with almond cream and maple-mustard vinaigrette

Ingredients

Almond Cream

  • 250 ml (1 cup) almond powder
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) milk

Vinaigrette

  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) extra virgin olive oil
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp.) maple syrup
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) lemon juice
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp.) piri piri mustard, or other spicy mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, hand-ground

Salad

  • 28 spears of asparagus
  • 15 - 30 ml (1 - 2 tbsp.) extra virgin olive oil
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) toasted almonds

Topping

  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) shaved cheese of your choice
  • A few slices of Serrano ham (a Spanish prosciutto)

Method

Almond Cream

  1. Put almond powder and milk into a blender and run at maximum power for about 10 minutes.
  2. Scrape the sides regularly with a spatula. Set aside.

Vinaigrette

  1. In a small bowl, emulsify the oil and maple syrup.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, whisk, and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Salad

  1. Using a peeler, peel the stems of 20 asparagus. Using a mandoline, slice them lengthwise, and place in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a pan, toast the other 8 asparagus for 3 - 4 minutes in a little olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the raw asparagus and mix well.
  4. Add the toasted almonds.

Assembly

  1. Spread the almond cream on a serving plate and arrange the toasted asparagus on top.
  2. Cover with the raw asparagus salad with almonds.
  3. Scatter the cheese shavings and slices of Serrano ham on top and serve.