asparagus tomato salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and halved
  • 6 cups halved cherry, grape, and pear tomatoes in varied colors
  • 1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup sliced basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preparation

1. Boil asparagus in a large pot of salted water for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

2. Mix asparagus with remaining ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well to coat evenly with dressing.

 

From John Bishop, owner of Bishop's

1 pound (500 grams) whole spot prawns, heads on

2 tbsp (30 mL) butter

 2 cloves garlic minced

1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped parsley

1/4 cup (60 mL) dry white wine

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat a large fry pan on medium high heat. Add butter, garlic and parsley and lightly fry together for 1-2 minutes. Add whole prawns and white wine. Toss together and lightly season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes. Serve in warm bowls with lemon slices and warm crunchy baguette.Serves 4 - See more at:

http://www.vancouversun.com/life/spot+prawn+recipes+from+Vancouver+chefs/4742013/story.html#sthash.sUqtRoNQ.dpuf

Ingredients - The Dressing

  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp coarse salt (try grinding “arctic pure”)
  • 1⁄2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 3⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Ingredients - The Salad

  • 3 lbs trimmed asparagus
  • 4 cups thinly sliced spring onions
  • 3 cups 1⁄4” cubes of peeled English cucumber
  • 1 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped chervill
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint
  • 2 tsp chopped tarragon

Preparation

  1. For dressing: whisk first 5 ingredients in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil.
  2. For salad: Fill large bowl with lightly salted ice water. Cook asparagus in large pot of boiling salted water until crip tender, about 3 min
  3. Drain, reserving 3 sups cooking liquid.
  4. Transfer asparagus to ice water bath to cool.
  5. Place green onions in another large bowl: pour hot reserved asparagus cooking liquid over onions, and let stan until cool, about 30 min.
  6. Drain asparagus and spring onions well. Transfer onions to paper towel and squeeze dry.
  7. Combine green onions, cucumber and herbs in a mixing bowl. Add dressing. Toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Arrange asparagus on platter. Spoon cucumber mixture over and serve.