Monday, April 28, 2014

Skillet Asparagus Salad with Goat Cheese

Asparagus is in season as is regular Sunday family dinners. After travels and cleanses and other events that were causing the typical traditional fare to be altered on a regular basis, two weeks ago we were back on target with regular food (no offense, vegans) :)

I love a simple roasted asparagus, but this time around, I wanted to try something a bit different. The result was a great side salad for a big dinner party.

Skillet Asparagus Salad with Goat Cheese (serves 6)


  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds asparagus spears, trimmed (about 30 medium spears)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp. julienne-cut orange rind
  • 1 tsp. julienne-cut lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 TB dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 5 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups mixed baby salad greens
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 TB chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 TB fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • Directions:

    Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl; toss to coat. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add one-third of asparagus mixture; cook 4 minutes or until lightly charred and crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan; set aside. Repeat procedure twice with the remaining asparagus mixture.

    Place 1 cup water in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave for 2 minutes or until water just boils. Add orange rind; let stand 20 seconds. Drain, reserving rind. Repeat procedure with lemon rind.

    Combine orange rind, orange juice, and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook until juice mixture measures about 3 tablespoons (about 5 minutes). Combine wine, lemon juice, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Gradually add 5 teaspoons oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in orange juice mixture.

    Place 1/3 cup greens on each of six plates. Divide asparagus evenly among salads. Top evenly with cheese, pecans, and tarragon. Stir lemon rind and parsley into orange juice mixture; drizzle dressing over salads.

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