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asparagus caprese salad on a brown plate.
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Asparagus caprese salad

This asparagus caprese salad combines spring vegetables with creamy mozzarella and a punchy herb dressing for lots of flavour. An easy to make vegetarian, gluten-free and low histamine salad. Serves 1 as a larger main dish or 2 persons as a side-salad.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Claire

Ingredients

  • 14 asparagus stems prepared, as above
  • 1 mozzarella ball torn into small pieces
  • 1 zucchini sliced
  • ½ bag rocket / arugula
  • handful basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper optional

For the herb dressing

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider or white distilled vinegar optional
  • 2 tablespoon parsley diced
  • handful basil leaves diced or torn
  • ½ garlic clove optional, minced or finely diced
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Once at temperature, place the asparagus and zucchini on the tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle over salt and pepper (if using). Bake for 12-15 minutes until tender. Leave to cool slightly (or completely if you prefer).
  • Make the herb dressing by combining the ingredients and stirring well.
  • Arrange the rocket / arugula on your plate, and scatter over the vegetables and cheese. Drizzle the herb dressing and add a few more basil leaves for garnish. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Be sure to prepare the asparagus before baking. There are tips in the main post for how to do this.
  • Serve the asparagus and zucchini warm or completely cold to preference.
  • For those on a low histamine diet who prefer to use foods scoring 0 on the SIGHI list, swap out apple cider vinegar for white distilled vinegar or omit completely. The dressing won't have the same 'tang' but will still be tasty. Perhaps reduce the amount of olive oil and up the herbs a little for more flavour.
 
Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance (SIGHI) food compatibility list for histamine
All ingredients score 0 on the SIGHI list, with the exception of:
  • black pepper, which scores 2.
  • apple cider vinegar, which scores 1. See above for an alternative.
  • garlic, which scores 1.
  • rocket / arugula isn't mentioned on the SIGHI list.