Spring in an easy and beautiful salad!
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar, or champagne vinegar, or other white vinegar of your choice
- Sea salt to taste
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1 pound fresh asparagus spears, washed and tough ends removed
- 4-5 tablespoons good quality olive oil
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
- Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, vinegar, sat and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk the lemon juice mixture while drizzling in the olive oil. Set aside. Using a vegetable peeler, thinly slice the asparagus lengthwise into strips. Place the strips and tops in a large bowl. I found it easiest to lay the asparagus spears in the edge of the cutting board while shaving.
- Toss the asparagus with the vinaigrette and half the grated cheese. Check the salad and add more salt if needed. Adequate salt makes a big difference in the taste. Serve topped with the remaining cheese.
(Inspired by a recipe on Chow.com)
My good friend Beth @ Life in the “Greenhouse” recently asked for more asparagus recipes so here you go Beth – we aim to please! Beth is a former radio ‘star’ and my favorite funny girl. Beth’s blog is about
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