Curtis Stone’s grilled asparagus salad with fried chickpeas

This grilled asparagus salad is a springtime hit. Topped with spicy fried chickpeas, it makes a delicious side.





  • 420g can chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 1/4 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) sunflower oil
  • 1 tbs finely chopped chives
  • 1 tbs finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 bunches asparagus, woody ends trimmed
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil, extra
  • 1 avocado, stoned, peeled, sliced
  • 2 cups Coles Australian Baby Rocket



Drain chickpeas, reserving the liquid from the can (this is called aquafaba). Measure out 1/4 cup (60ml) aquafaba (discard remaining or save for another use – see tip opposite). Rinse and drain chickpeas, then pat dry with paper towel. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add chickpeas and cook, stirring frequently, for 15-20 mins or until golden and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chickpeas to a plate lined with paper towel. Place the chickpeas and cayenne pepper in a small bowl and toss to coat.


Place the reserved aquafaba in a food processor with the garlic, lemon juice, salt and sugar. With the motor running, gradually add the sunflower oil in a thin, steady stream until the dressing is smooth and creamy. Season. Transfer to a jug with the chives and parsley. Stir to combine.


Heat a barbecue grill or chargrill on high. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus and extra sunflower oil to coat. Season. Cook the asparagus, turning, for 3 mins or until lightly charred and tender-crisp.


Arrange asparagus on a serving platter with the avocado and rocket. Drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle with fried chickpeas to serve.

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