Asparagus with Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese

By Sally James
Tender spears of asparagus are dressed with a vibrant lemon dressing and scattered with roasted hazelnuts and soft goat cheese – simple, elegant and perfect for entertaining. Makes asparagus very wine friendly – even with bold reds!
  • Cuisine: French
  • Course: Side Dish


  • Asparagus
  • goat cheese
  • Hazelnut
  • Walnut
  • or Olive Oil
  • Hazelnuts
  • kosher salt
  • lemon
  • Thyme
  • White Pepper


  1. Place the hazelnuts on an oven tray and scatter with half the thyme. Bake in a moderate oven for 5-7 minutes or until golden and aromatic. Transfer to a clean dish towel, rub off the skins and remove, then chop roughly.
  2. Snap the stalky bases off the asparagus spears and blanch in a large saucepan of rapidly boiling salted boiling water for 1-2 minutes, or until tender-crisp.
  3. Transfer to a bowl of ice water until cold, then dry on paper towels. If preferred, you can also grill the asparagus and serve as a hot salad.
  4. Whisk the oil and lemon juice together and season to taste. Place the asparagus in a bowl and toss with the dressing to coat.
  5. To serve, arrange asparagus on plates or platter and crumble over the goat cheese, extra thyme and lemon zest. Scatter with the hazelnuts.