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Asparagus Spears with Black Pepper Pesto Vinaigrette

Asparagus Spears with Black Pepper Pesto Vinaigrette

Traditionally, asparagus is thought to be one of Venusí favorite foods, along with garlic and pine nuts.

Well, this heavenly dish makes use of all three of these ingredients! This is one super source of anti-oxidants, and so flavorful, too.

You can makes this as a salad or a side, and the push-of-a-button pesto recipe, with its lovely, peppery, fresh parsley taste, will make enough to serve with pasta or rice the next day.

24 tiny asparagus spears, blanched or steamed until just cooked, then cooled and dried

Black Pepper Pesto
1 large clove garlic
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup washed curly parsley leaves
1/2 cup washed Italian parsley leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
3/4 cup virgin olive oil

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup black pepper pesto

1. Put all of the pesto ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor and pulse a few times. Now, with the machine running, slowly pour in the oil. The pesto should be slightly coarse. Adjust seasonings to taste.

2. Mix all the vinaigrette ingredients together and chill, covered.

3. Arrange 6 spears of asparagus on each of 4 chilled plates.

4. Whisk the pesto-infused vinaigrette and spoon a small amount on the center portion of the spears.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Adapted from Norman Van Akenís Feast of Sunlight, by Norman Van Aken (Harvard Common Press, 1997). Copyright (c) 1997 by Norman Van Aken. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from Norman Van Akenís Feast of Sunlight, by Norman Van Aken (Harvard Common Press, 1997).

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12:02PM PDT on Sep 19, 2014

sounds great, thanks

8:58PM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

Came back for another look, can never resist the noble asparagus. I would add a wee dash of lemon juice.

5:58AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:17PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013


1:55AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Thank you :)

1:27AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

I love asparagus, can't wait to try this

3:48PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Absolutely one of my favorite vegetables I wok them in a little olive oil for just a few minutes on low heat as you never want to have your olive oil at a temperature the magnitude of say vegetable oil...Turns it bitter, even the best of brands. Toss in slivered almonds and a squeeze of lemon, a dash of red chili pepper and woo hoo!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Asparagus, the Wonderful veggie so very tasty in every way. Lovely and delightful!

7:37PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

great to see such an interesting recipe, never seen black pepper pesto before, thankyou.

2:28PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


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