chop chop May 22, 2009

Aspsalad2 As I've mentioned in a previous post, things have been more than a little hectic. Thankfully, I am one of those people that is still able to throw something together to eat in a somewhat healthy way. I'm a fan of using what's around, throwing it all together, zesting some lemon and drizzling some olive oil on it and making it an impromptu meal. Everyone has their specialty…and mine is salads (and soup – I'm allowed to have two, right?). I love the crunch of raw ingredients in salads and adore bowls of herby, crunchy chopped veggies. 

That having been said, I've never cooked with straight up raw asparagus. Something has been ingrained in my brain that says I have to at least flash them first. Not any more. This recipe from Anne Burrell is now in my repertoire of quick and flavorful salads. It takes minutes to throw together and goes with a variety of meals – or makes one on its own. I've twisted the recipe a bit with things like a splash of balsamic or some lemon zest. Use good quality extra virgin olive oil and great Pecorino. When there are so few ingredients in a dish like this one, quality counts more than ever!

Asparagus, Pecorino and Red Onion Salad – recipe by Anne Burrell originally found here 

  • 1 bunch pencil asparagus, tough bottom stems removed
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup coarsely grated aged pecorino
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt

Cut the asparagus, including the tips into very thin slices, crosswise and place in a medium bowl. Add the red onion and pecorino and toss to combine. Dress with the vinegar, olive oil and salt and toss again. This salad should be fairly heavily dressed. The vinegar will sort of "cook" or tenderize the as

Comments

angela@spinachtiger May 22, 2009 01:05 pm

I like to do same. What is left over, and grab my olive oil, lemon and grey sea salt.
This looks fantastic.

Claudia May 23, 2009 11:05 pm

What a great idea! Never prepared anything with raw asparagus. Looks like I have to … :-)

Treehouse Chef May 25, 2009 07:05 am

This looks so delicious. Asparagus recipes are popping up everywhere. I love the taste but for some reason I never think about buying it at the grocery. I need to put this on my list. Thanks for sharing.

Mike Stock Jun 1, 2009 09:06 am

Very nice Tamih as usual. Good concept, good pictures, delicious looking.

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