White Asparagus Salad
White Asparagus Salad perfect with a Creamy Tomato Dressing, this dish is often served as part of a traditional Christmas eve feast.
TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN SERVINGS: 6
5 large plum tomatoes—4 cut into wedges, 1 coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Salt and Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound green beans
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
One 12-ounce jar or tin of white asparagus (espárragos blancos)
In a blender, puree the coarsely chopped tomato with the lemon juice, mustard and sugar. Add the mayonnaise and the 3 tablespoons of olive oil and blend the dressing until thick. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the green beans until tender (4 minutes). Drain and let cool to room temperature, then drizzle the beans lightly with olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper.
Arrange the beans, tomato wedges, onion and asparagus on a platter. Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables and serve.
MAKE AHEAD The dressing can be refrigerated overnight. Serve lightly chilled or at room temperature.
What is White Asparagus?
White asparagus is the same as green asparagus but never sees daylight during its growth, which is why it is white. It grows under rows of banked earth that are broken open only when the farmer calculates the asparagus is ready for harvesting. If the asparagus tips are allowed to break through the earth even for a short time, or if they do so accidentally, they take on a violet hue. which should always be cheaper than the pure white variety.
White Asparagus spears are a familiar sight in almost every tapas bar in Spain, their mild flavour is often complemented just by mayonnaise., they can be served in salads or with grilled fish, they are also great on their own with a drizzle of good quality olive oil
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