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Marron, truffle and asparagus salad

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for marron, truffle and asparagus salad

By Andy Harris
  • Serves 6
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Marron, truffle and asparagus salad
If marron are unavailable, substitute with lobsters or yabbies.
Where to buy truffles
You can buy Australian truffles direct from the producers - ask for Al Blakers, of Manjimup Truffles, at the Five Acre Nursery, (08 9771 2258), or get in touch with fellow West Australians The Wine & Truffle Company (, or Duncan Garvey at Tasmania's Perigord truffles ( Otherwise Simon Johnson stores around the country have WA truffles in stock, as does Brisbane's Black Pearl Epicure, and other smaller premium retailers. If the idea of entering into a truffle co-op appeals but you can't find like-minded fellows, ask suppliers and delis; some - such as Sydney's Black Bull Butchery, in Potts Point - organise their own co-ops, and sell to their customers by the gram.


  • 6 cooked marron, meat removed and cut into thirds lengthways (about 300gm)
  • 400 gm kipfler potatoes, peeled, boiled and thickly sliced
  • 500 gm white or green asparagus, blanched, then refreshed in iced water and drained
  • 60 gm fresh black truffle, thinly sliced
  • 200 gm curly endive, washed (see note)
  • 2 punnets lamb’s lettuce (mâche), trimmed and washed
  • 1 tbsp chervil leaves
Truffle dressing
  • 1 tbsp aged Agrodolce-style cabernet sauvignon vinegar (see note)
  • 2 tbsp dry white wine
  • 10 gm fresh black truffle, finely chopped
  • 125 ml extra-virgin olive oil (½ cup)


  • 1
    For truffle dressing, combine vinegar, wine and truffle in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add olive oil in a steady stream, whisking until incorporated. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground white pepper.
  • 2
    For salad, divide ingredients between serving bowls, drizzle with truffle dressing and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.


Note Curly endive and lamb's lettuce are available from specialty greengrocers. Agrodolce-style cabernet sauvignon vinegar is available from Simon Johnson and The Essential Ingredient. The nearest substitute is a good-quality aged red wine vinegar.
Drink Suggestion: Bottle-aged Hunter semillon. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

  • Author: Andy Harris