LB spinach salad 8658

Spinach, Asparagus Black Bean Noodle and Black Sesame Dressing

Directions

Make the black sesame dressing by placing all the dressing ingredients into a small blender or food processor bowl. Blend for 1 minute until the sesame seeds start to break apart. Season to taste. Pour into jug or bowl and set aside. The mix will appear brown and then thicken and darken as it settles.

Remove the Leaderbrand Baby Spinach leaves from the bag and refresh in ice cold water. Trim the wooden end from the asparagus spears. Cut into smaller bite sized pieces. Slice the onion into thin slices.

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, then crumble in the vegetable stock cube. Cook the noodles for 3 minutes until tender to the bite. Drain, rinse well under cold water. Leave to drain.

Steam the asparagus spears in shallow water in the microwave or steamer, until just tender. Refresh in ice cold water to keep the crisp green colour.

Toss the noodles with thin onion slices, and asparagus spears and adding half the sesame dressing to coat the noodles and vegetables well.

Divide the noodles and vegetables between four bowls. Top each bowl with a good handful of fresh Leaderbrand Baby Spinach leaves, and spoon over a little more sesame dressing. Garnish with fresh herbs such as mint, parsley or basil.