June 14, 2014 11:05 am

Spring Salad of Asparagus & Alliums ~ Goat Feta & Salsa Verde

Ingredients

1           bunch of asparagus – blanched & chilled or grilled & served warm

1 C.         salsa verde

1/3 C.    Carmelis goat feta – diced

3 T.         pickled shallots

 

 

Pickled Shallots

1 T.         white sugar

2 T.         white wine vinegar

¼ C.        white wine – [ yes, yes, you have to put some in a pot ! ]

¼ C.        water

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pinch of salt

pinch of ground turmeric

2              shallots – peeled and coarsely chopped

 

 

Salsa Verde

1              garlic clove finely chopped

1 T.         capers – finely chopped – or substitute pickled garlic scapes

1 T.         cornichons – finely chopped

1 T.         Dijon mustard

2 T.         white wine vinegar

¼ C.        extra virgin olive oil

3 T.         chopped flat leaf parsley

3 T.         chopped chives

1 T.         chopped tarragon

pinch or ground cumin

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

Method

Asparagus – In a large pot of rapidly boiling salted water, blanch the asparagus for 1.5 – 2 minutes depending on thickness. Once blanched remove the asparagus and immediately place in a bowl of ice water to cool. Open a bottle of your favourite Okanagan Sauvignon Blanc and let the asparagus cool while you have a glass. Drain the asparagus and reserve in the refrigerator. Alternately you could lightly toss the asparagus in olive oil, season and grill it.

 

Pickled Shallots – Peel and coarsely chop 2 shallots. Combine the sugar, vinegar, white wine and water in a small saucepan. Stir in the salt and turmeric then add the shallots and bring the contents just to a boil then remove the pan from the heat and let cool, then chill in the refrigerator.

 

Salsa Verde – In a small bowl whisk together the Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Season with the ground cumin, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir in the chopped garlic, capers and cornichon, check seasoning and reserve. Coarsely chop all of the fresh herbs and add to the sauce just prior to service to preserve their colour and fresh flavours.

 

Service - When ready to serve place the asparagus on a platter and sauce liberally with the salsa verde. Top with the diced goat feta and pickled shallots. Garnish with thinly sliced radishes and fresh herbs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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