THINK SPRING, with Asparagus Vinaigrette SaladFebruary 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Posted in Salads | 36 Comments
Tags: asparagus, asparagus vinaigrette, salad, vinaigrette
Maybe if we all “think” Spring on March 1, we can prove that bossy ole Ground Hog wrong. Denver has had it better than a lot of you East Coast folks, but nonetheless, I’ve had snow on the ground in my yard since October. I’m ready for Spring.
Before we talk about food, take a look at that Morning Glory photo. I did absolutely nothing to that photo. It was taken last summer in my back yard in the early a.m. with the sun coming up behind the flower. Doesn’t it look like the stamen is a light bulb illuminating the flower?
This is a great little salad that marinates over night in a lightly flavored vinaigrette. This made enough for two nights for the two of us and it’s a great side dish for any meat entrée, needing no other accompaniments. Here’s the recipe:
Asparagus Vinaigrette Salad
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbs white wine vinegar (I used red wine vinegar because I didn’t have white – I think I’ll change the recipe to always use red)
3/4 tsp Dijon mustard
salt/pepper to taste
2 5/8 tsp pickle relish — dill
7/8 tsp parsley — chopped
7/8 tsp chives — chopped
3 radishes, sliced
1 lb asparagus, cooked
1 bell pepper, sliced
2 whole eggs, hard-boiled and sliced
1 tomato, cut into wedges
1. In a bowl, whisk together the first 5 ingredients. Add radishes, bell pepper, relish, parsley and chives.
Place asparagus in glass baking dish; cover and cook in microwave about 7 minutes.
Pour dressing over asparagus. In a large bowl cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
Arrange asparagus vinaigrette mix on a plate. Garnish with hard-boiled eggs, bell pepper slices tomato wedges. Arranging the salad over a leaf of lettuce of your choice also makes a nice presentation.
This recipe is very tinkerable, adjusting flavors in the vinaigrette and evening adding any other salad vegetables that you wish.
Think Spring: Asparagus Vinaigrette Salad,
It’s Whats For Dinner.