Monday, May 16, 2011
With raw garlic vinaigrette this is not a first date salad. I have breath that could slay a vampire, so if you make this beauty purchase some breath mints.
I’m switching gears to lighter meals in preparation for hot summer months. Or what I hope turn into hot summer months. We woke up to snow and the backyard lawn-swamp is fit for the ducks my neighbor said were roaming around.
I dream of sunny days.
For the past few rainy springs I’ve pulled out Andrea Chesman’s The New Vegetarian Grill for fresh ideas. This variation on her tasty Asparagus Salad doesn’t disappoint and someday I might even be able to make it without rain pouring down my back.
Grilled Asparagus and Red Pepper Salad with Shaved Parmesan
Salad & Dressing Printer Version
For a vegan version, leave off the Parmesan and make your own croutons with olive oil, salt and a sprinkle of granulated garlic.
1 recipe salad dressing, below
1 red bell pepper
1 pound asparagus
6 to 8 cups mixed salad greens of choice
Croutons, store-bought or homemade
Salt and pepper
1. Make the salad dressing. Refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Meanwhile, heat the grill to hot. Grill the bell pepper until it’s well blacked. Place it in a paper bag and close the top. Steam for 5 to 10 minutes until the skin is easily removed. Skin the bell pepper. Strain pepper juice into the salad dressing. Remove the steam and seeds and slice into small strips.
3. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus. Coat with a little dressing and grill until done to taste. Slice asparagus into thirds.
4. Wash, dry and place the greens on 2 to 3 plates. Top with red pepper slices, asparagus, croutons and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Using a vegetable peeler, slice off strips of Parmesan onto the salad. Shake dressing and drizzle over the salads. Serve immediately.
Makes 2 to 3 dinner salads.
Garlic Basil Salad Dressing & Marinade
Make this first and set it aside while you prep the salad. And once you’re done grilling, steaming and skinning the bell pepper, slice the top open and add the juice to this vinaigrette.
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of grilled red bell pepper, optional
Add all the ingredients together in a salad dressing bottle. Close and shake well to combine. If you don’t have a bottle, whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl drizzling the olive oil in last.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
Recipe adapted from Andrea Chesman’s book "The New Vegetarian Grill". Picture by Laura Flowers.