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    Asparagus, egg & watercress salad

    This is so quick to prepare. As well as being a fantastic starter, it also makes a lovely light lunch for two. 

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes
    • Total time: 30 minutes 30 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    2 eggs
    1 medium slice crusty white bread
    100ml extra virgin olive oil, plus 1 tbsp for frying
    1 tbsp Dijon mustard
    1 tsp caster sugar
    2 tbsp cider vinegar
    2 x 230g packs asparagus
    About 25g watercress

    Method

    1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, gently add the eggs and boil for 6 minutes 30 seconds, then refresh in iced water. When cold, peel. Cut the bread into small cubes; fry in 1 tbsp olive oil over a medium heat, until golden and crisp (about 6-8 minutes). Set aside on kitchen paper. 

    2. Whisk together the mustard, sugar and vinegar, then gradually whisk in 100ml olive oil to make a vinaigrette. Bring a fresh pan of salted water to the boil. Snap the woody bottoms off the asparagus. Boil the spears for 1-2 minutes; drain and set aside.

    3. Scatter the watercress and asparagus over a serving platter. Halve the eggs and arrange on top. To serve, drizzle over the vinaigrette and scatter with the croutons.

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