Asparagus Slaw with Sesame DressingMar 21 2012 by
One of the best things about spring is the influx of fresh green asparagus in the market. Asparagus is at the top of my favorite vegetables list not only for it’s verdant bright flavor but because I can never see it without thinking of one of my favorite childhood memories. On Sunday afternoons my dad would get us in the car and we would go asparagus hunting. He knew all the best places. He drove slowly along the country roads where we scoured each side of the road for signs of asparagus tips peeking out of the tall grasses. We stopped and harvested our treasure and then brought them home hardly able to wait until my mom steamed them for us to eat. Oh the joy! My love for asparagus started young and has remained strong but now I have learned to enjoy this delicious springtime favorite in many new ways.
For the slaw:
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 2 carrots
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 4 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp raw coconut aminos or low sodium tamari
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp parsley, minced
- 1 tsp raw honey or coconut nectar
- 2 tbsp unrefined sesame oil (if you don’t have sesame oil you can use any neutral flavor oil)
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- While the water is heating prepare the asparagus by washing thoroughly to remove any sand and then snapping off the woody ends at the bottom. Cut the tips off and reserve for use in a recipe we’ll post later this week.
- Drop the prepared stalks in the boiling water for 5-10 seconds and then remove to a bowl of ice water.
- Julienne or shred the asparagus spears and the carrots. Add the onions and toss together into a bowl.
- Prepare the dressing by whisking together the tahini, vinegar, tamari, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, and honey. Mix thoroughly.
- Slowly whisk in the oil.
- Pour the dressing over the asparagus mixture and toss to evenly coat. Let sit 15-20 minutes to let the dressing soak in and flavor the vegetables.
- Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Makes approximately 2 cups.
Serving size 1/4 cup.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 130, Cal. from Fat: 97, Total Fat: 11g, Sat. Fat: 2g, Carbs: 5g, Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 3g, Sodium: 50mg, Chol: 0mg
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.