Shaved Asparagus Salad with Orange-Tarragon Vinaigrette
30 minutes or fewer
Shaving asparagus with a vegetable peeler yields long tendrils that don’t need to be cooked. Here, the strands are tossed with a citrusy vinaigrette.
- 1 large shallot, peeled and minced (3 Tbs.)
- ⅓ cup raw hazelnuts or filberts
- 3 Tbs. white wine vinegar
- 1 Tbs. chopped fresh tarragon leaves
- 2 tsp. orange zest
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 7 Tbs. olive oil
- ½ lb. fresh asparagus (8 to 10 medium-size spears)
- 6 cups mixed spring greens
- 2 navel oranges
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place hazelnuts on baking sheet, and toast 15 minutes, or until skins darken and split. Rub nuts between two towels until skins come off. Cool, then coarsely chop.
2. Whisk together shallot, vinegar, tarragon, orange zest, and mustard in bowl. Whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
3. Peel asparagus into long, thin strands with peeler. Toss with greens in bowl.
4. Peel oranges with knife, removing white pith. Slice between membranes, and cut orange segments directly into salad, letting juice drip into bowl. Toss salad with hazelnuts and 3 Tbs. dressing. Serve remaining dressing on side.