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Old 11-13-2012, 12:32 PM   #1
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Asparagus Tomato Salad with Variations

This is an easy salad to put together, & can be served as a side (or a main dish topped with shrimp or crab), for a light lunch or dinner. The two main components are asparagus & tomatoes; but, feel free to change out the dressing, greens, seasonings, & toppings to suit your taste.

Asparagus Tomato Salad with Variations

3/4 - 1 pound fresh asparagus (green & white make a nice combo)

3 - 4 med tomatoes, thinly sliced

Greens - i.e. 1 head butter lettuce, or mixed salad greens

Dressing i.e. vinaigrette (see below) or dressing of choice

Garnishes: fresh parsley, chives or dill, chopped

Snap off woody ends of asparagus, & rinse in a colander under cold water.

Blanch or steam asparagus until just fork tender.

Place aspaagus in ice bath. Drain asparagus and pat dry.

Place lettuce leaves on a serving platter.

Arrange sliced tomatoes around outer edge of the lettuce in a circular fashion.

Place asparagus in the center of platter.

Drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle with fresh herbs.

Vinaigrette Dressing: In a small bowl combine 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard & 1 minced garlic clove. In a steady stream add oil, whisking constantly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Variations:

Top with crab or shrimp for a main dish

Top w/ cooked grated hard boiled eggs (Mimosa style)

Top w grated Parm Reg.

Top w/ shredded mozzarella, fresh mozzarella balls, or feta crumbles

Caprese style - alternate slices of fresh mozzarella between sliced tomatoes, garnish w/ fresh basil

Dressing - Your choice - green godess, red wine vinaigrette, yogurt - whatever strikes your fancy

Tomatoes - sub w/ cherry or grape tomatoes - a variety of colors makes a pretty plate

Subs - green beans for the asparagus, add shallots to the mix

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Old 11-16-2012, 03:36 AM   #2
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Thank you so much Cerise, that all sounds wonderful
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Asparagus Tomato Salad with Variations This is an easy salad to put together, & can be served as a side (or a main dish topped with shrimp or crab), for a light lunch or dinner. The two main components are asparagus & tomatoes; but, feel free to change out the dressing, greens, seasonings, & toppings to suit your taste. [B]Asparagus Tomato Salad with Variations[/B] 3/4 - 1 pound fresh asparagus (green & white make a nice combo) 3 - 4 med tomatoes, thinly sliced Greens - i.e. 1 head butter lettuce, or mixed salad greens Dressing i.e. vinaigrette (see below) or dressing of choice Garnishes: fresh parsley, chives or dill, chopped Snap off woody ends of asparagus, & rinse in a colander under cold water. Blanch or steam asparagus until just fork tender. Place aspaagus in ice bath. Drain asparagus and pat dry. Place lettuce leaves on a serving platter. Arrange sliced tomatoes around outer edge of the lettuce in a circular fashion. Place asparagus in the center of platter. Drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle with fresh herbs. Vinaigrette Dressing: In a small bowl combine 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard & 1 minced garlic clove. In a steady stream add oil, whisking constantly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Variations: Top with crab or shrimp for a main dish Top w/ cooked grated hard boiled eggs (Mimosa style) Top w grated Parm Reg. Top w/ shredded mozzarella, fresh mozzarella balls, or feta crumbles Caprese style - alternate slices of fresh mozzarella between sliced tomatoes, garnish w/ fresh basil Dressing - Your choice - green godess, red wine vinaigrette, yogurt - whatever strikes your fancy Tomatoes - sub w/ cherry or grape tomatoes - a variety of colors makes a pretty plate Subs - green beans for the asparagus, add shallots to the mix 3 stars 1 reviews
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