A Starter So Simple its Shocking

As part of my Jubilee dinner party a few weeks ago, I decided to showcase asparagus, because it is something the Brits eat in copious amounts during the early summer months, especially where my Mum lives.

A starter (read appetizer) that my Mum came up with years ago, as a quick, but delicious first course for a dinner party is the following….

Be warned, it’s quite addictive.  Luckily it’s also extremely easy to put together, whether catering for 8 people, or just 1!

Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto

Serves: 8


  • 16 slices of prosciutto
  • 40 thin asparagus spears
  • a large bag of arugula
  • a large bag of spinach
  • a block of parmesan, shaved
  • balsamic vinegar, good quality
  • extra virgin olive oil, good quality
  • 1 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp runny honey


  • Cook the asparagus for 3 – 5 minutes until tender, but still firm.
  • In a small dish, or jar, combine vinegar, oil, mustard and honey to create salad dressing
  • Wrap 5 spears of asparagus in 2 slices of prosciutto.
  • Combine spinach and arugula and place a large handful on each plate.
  • Drizzle over salad dressing.
  • Place prosciutto wrapped asparagus on top on salad and top with shaved parmesan.

4 thoughts on “A Starter So Simple its Shocking

  1. All I can say is kudos for a simple starter which takes no time, just a tad of money and is enjoyed by everyone!! Oh the photo is appetizing also and I do like the inclusion of the honey . . . .

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