White Asparagus Salad

White Asparagus Salad Recipe

Spaniards love white asparagus and don’t have second thoughts about using asparagus from a jar. The best white asparagus come from Navarra, a region in northern Spain also known for its rose wines. Look for the Denominacion Especifica mark on the label. These white asparagus are prized for their smooth texture and balanced sweet, tangy taste. This recipe transforms jarred vegetable with a reliable sherry vinaigrette, tricolor peppers, shallot, egg, and capers.–Cathy Mantuano and Tony Mantuano

LC Sneaky Seasonality Note

It’s not often that one encounters white asparagus outside of early spring here in the states—or anywhere, for that matter. So if you do happen across jars of the delicate white spears, you may want to consider taking advantage of the sneaky extended seasonality that preserving lends the vegetable. Natch, you can swap steamed fresh spears for jarred.

White Asparagus Salad Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 4 as a tasting portion

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 heaping tablespoon finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 hard-cooked egg, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons capers, preferably salted, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 jar white asparagus, 8 to 10 very large spears, packed in water, preferably imported from Spain

Directions

  • 1. Combine the vinegar and a pinch each salt and pepper in a small bowl. In a slow, steady stream, whisk the oil into the vinegar. Add the bell peppers, shallot, egg, and capers and whisk to. Set aside to allow the flavors to meld for 15 minutes.
  • 2. Arrange the asparagus on a serving dish and spoon the marinated vegetables and their vinaigrette over the top. Serve very soon.
Hungry for more? Chow down on these:

Have something to say?

Then tell us. Have a picture you'd like to add to your comment? Send it along. Covet one of those spiffy pictures of yourself to go along with your comment? Get a free Gravatar. And as always, please take a gander at our comment policy before posting.

*

Daily Subscription

Enter your email address and get all of our updates sent to your inbox the moment they're posted. Be the first on your block to be in the know.

Preview daily e-mail

Weekly Subscription

Hate tons of emails? Do you prefer info delivered in a neat, easy-to-digest (pun intended) form? Then enter your email address for our weekly newsletter.

Preview weekly e-mail