Here’s a great new Sprigtime salad from Amy in Mass.
Raw Asparagus, Pea, and Arugula Salad
For the dressing–put these ingredients in the food processor, and whirl to combine. Taste and adjust to your liking.
* 1/4 cup Champagne vinegar, rice-wine vinegar, or other delicate, slightly sweet vinegar
* 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
* 1 shallot, minced
* 1/4 cup hazelnut, toasted walnut, or pistachio oil (or just increase the olive oil–but a nut oil adds a lot of flavor)
* 1/4 cup light-tasting olive oil
* Salt–a pinch
* Pepper–a few grinds
1 lb fat asparagus
2 cups garden peas; or frozen peas, defrosted
1/2 lb arugula (about 6 cups)
1 cup toasted walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, or other nuts
a chunk of good parmesan cheese
Snap off just the really woody bottom end of the asparagus. Since you’ll be peeling the stems, you can use more than usual. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the stems all the way up, stopping just at the tips. (this step will make the stalks much more tender and juicy!) Cut off the tips, and blanch the tips for 2 minutes. Slice the stems on the diagonal in one-inch diagonal slices. Put the arugula in a bowl, and toss with just enough dressing to lightly coat. In another bowl, combine the asparagus tips, cut-up stems, and the peas. Toss this mixture with dressing as well. Place a serving of the arugula on each salad plate. Top arugula with a portion of the vegetables. Shave large slices of the parmesan cheese with a vegetable peeler, and add to the salads. Sprinkle on nuts, and serve.

I totally enjoyed this salad. I used walnut oil and toasted walnuts, We ate it for Mothers Day dinner with a pork tenderloin on the grill and some creamy, cheesy polenta.
Also, lucky me, Kathryn baked a cake. Italian Wedding cake was the perfect dessert.


Salad Samplers #3 Raw Asparagus — 5 Comments

  1. The salad was great, wasn’t it?
    And your cake looks great – I could eat a piece right now@

  2. It was a great salad, I was surprised at how many of the ingredients I already had on hand, but Kathryn’s cake is a masterpiece – yum.