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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Asparagus and White Bean Salad





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Since I've committed to Meatless Mondays, I've been searching for recipes that are substantial enough to serve for dinner and tasty enough to keep a confirmed meat eater happy. That search, and local asparagus selling for less than $2.00 a pound, led me to this light and delicious entree. The recipe first appeared in Gourmet Magazine in April of 2006. The original recipe used this salad as a brushcetta topping. I've carried it a bit farther and use the salad as a filler for flour tortillas, rice wrappers or lettuce wraps. I've changed the presentation because the bruschetta proved to be very messy. There is no binder in the filling and a lot of it ended up on the table or floor. Those of you who try this recipe will be very pleased with its taste and texture. It is next to no work to assemble, but it is important to follow a couple of the directions to a tee. The asparagus must be sliced no thicker than 1/8 of an inch. While it briefly sits in a warm marinade, it is not cooked and anything thicker than that would be tough to chew. It's also important to serve the salad soon after it has been prepared. It loses color as it sits and unless your favorite color is olive drab, it behooves you to get this to the table in a timely fashion. Please note that the cheese is shaved from a brick and that the recipe measurement is for shaved, not grated, cheese. I really like this entree. It is light, bright, different and altogether perfect for a weekend lunch or a light supper. Here's the recipe.

Asparagus and White Bean Salad
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Ingredients:

1 pound medium asparagus, trimmed
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 (15- to 19-oz) cans white beans, rinsed and drained well
1 (1/2-lb) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Flour tortillas, rice wrappers, or toasted sliced country-style bread

Directions:

1) Cut asparagus on a diagonal into 1/8-inch-thick slices.
2) Bring oil, lemon zest, juice, salt, and pepper to a simmer in a 4-quart heavy saucepan, then stir in beans and asparagus. Remove from heat and let stand, uncovered, 10 minutes. Meanwhile, remove enough cheese from piece with a vegetable peeler to measure about 1/2 cup shavings. Add shavings to beans along with parsley, then toss. Adjust salt to taste.
3) Spoon salad into wrappers or spread on warm toast. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

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68 comments :

Nisha said...

This looks yummy and healthy.

Kait said...

A wonderful way to celebrate asparagus.

Angie's Recipes said...

wow Mary, you are seriouslly good in creating great simple food! Let me think which one I should eat first. They are delicious!

Jeannie said...

The ones wrapped in tortillas would be a breeze to eat :D Looks delicious too! Great photograhy as usual!

The Empress said...

I'm taking this one over to my catering job.

We're having a garden party this Sat., and it's supposed to be in the 90's.

That looks so refreshing...I'll let you know how it goes ...

Sushma Mallya said...

wow thats a very beautiful and tempting salad...would love to have it. & have a wonderful day mary..

PranisKitchen said...

wow mary delicious salad..and loved the 2 types.i like asparagus.i like the stemed one..this one sounds interesting and sure will prepare this for hus lunch box..nice recipe mary..thanks for sharing such a healthy bean salad

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

simply look healthy and good.

Alessandra said...

Fantastic salad, and great the way you sere it in tortilla wrap. Entree? this for me is a main :-)...since I eat very little and go for variety rather quantity.

Priya said...

First time here, u have a beautiful space..Salad looks hearty and healthy...

Vidhya said...

I am visiting first time. A perfect healthy salad, delicious and easy to prepare.
You have such a wonderful space...glad to folow you

Miss Janice said...

I love every ingredient in this recipe! I try to eat healthy food like this when I'm not spluring on Southern comfort foods!

Cherine said...

I love white beans and this looks sooo good!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This looks delicious, I like the idea of it in wrappers. Diane

Salsa Verde said...

Amazing recipe. Looks so yummy!!!
XXXX
Lia.

penny aka jeroxie said...

Very fresh and healthy!

A Year on the Grill said...

I kind of liked the bruschetta look... maybe a pour able thick cheese sauce would hold it together better

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, hearty bruschettas are a favorite of mine for busy summer evenings- sort of an open faced sandwich. This looks just wonderful! (as I've said, Meatless Mondays have been a hard sell in my home too!)
xoxo Pattie

lostpastremembered said...

you are taking meatless to whole new levels. I have been enjoying asparagus like crazy ( including with Ken Albala's baroque hollandaise... num.) can't wait to try this on my favorite bread!

bellini valli said...

The local asparagus is a re4al treat. One of our patients used to bring us 20 pounds of asparagus or was that kilos, anyway thanks for sharing this delicious meatless Monday dish Mary.

3 hungry tummies said...

I can imagine eating this on my picnic rug somewhere pretty! :)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I love white beans, asparagus and parmigiano, so what's not to love about this salad? It reminds me of one Stacey Snacks made recently, adding some croutons too.

Susan said...

Good for you, sticking to your guns and keeping Monday's meatless. Don't know if I could convince the trout fishing farmboy to sign tht pledge. Your asparagus and white beans look delicious.

Martha said...

I love vegetable salads and this is unusual with both beans and asparagus! Would be great for a luncheon as just a salad!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Mary, how clever of you. I've made something similar and it was very messy.
Sam

Barbara said...

I've noticed a lot of bruschetta appetizers end up spilling all over. Much as I love them, I often avoid them at parties.
Your idea of enclosing this delicious recipe in it's own package is great, Mary. Simple, fresh and healthy!

Michael Toa said...

my friend and I were just chatting about asparagus and how I love them. And then I saw this recipe. how wonderful. I like the tortilla wrap idea. It's easier to eat and less messy I suppose.
Have a nice day Mary.

Cathy said...

What a delicious blend of flavors and textures. My choice would be lettuce leaves for a very healthy and satisfying lunch.

Claudia said...

I am loving this with beans. Encasing them is a smart and savvy way to enjoy the flavors without the mess.

Gloria said...

This look absolutely tasty and yummy!! huggs, gloria

Tasha said...

How I love healthy and simple recipes like this!

Magdalena said...

Asparagus, asparagus - it is a pity the season is so short ! Mary, this combo of beans, asparagus, lemon zest, parmiggiano is very appealing to me !

Lorie said...

Thanks for the recipe, looks delightful. Next year will be our first year of harvest for our asparagus after waiting three years. I will certainly give this one a try.

Natalie said...

What a great and versatile recipe! I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy asparagus :)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Definetly a "must" try for Mr. P. thanks for sharing the recipe.
hugs ~lynne~

Grapefruit said...

loved the tortilla wrap, this seems like an awesome recipe. thanks for sharing!
love your photos!

Maria said...

So fresh! Love this recipe.

Joe Ambrosino said...

Beans and greens! Always a favorite of mine, Mary

flying eagle woman said...

Thank you for stopping by my page...I stopped by YOURS and am now following because OMG your concept is the best and the colors I saw drew me in...I am so excited to read more!
Shawna

www.flyingeaglewoman.blogspot.com

Drick said...

It is always refreshing to see new recipes and this is a really great one, and sounds just as easy to prepare. Thanks for visiting me and leaving your nice comments. Your photos are stunning and posts enjoyable.

Julie said...

Beautiful! I love white beans and asparagus. Can't wait to try this one!

The Blonde Duck said...

This looks wonderful for a hot Texas night.

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Perfect Bites truly...love those wraps too:-)))
Love Asparagus too!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Looks lovely Mary and so light!

Nancy said...

This looks fabulous! We are working our way to a much more vegetarian lifestyle, so I will be back often! I enjoy the stories that go with your recipes. Although my first visit, it won't be my last.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Ms Bibi said...

What a great way to incorporate beans into a delicious salad as I am not a fan of the traditional bean salad.

Rachana Kothari said...

These wraps look wonderful. Great photography Mary!

Erica said...

This looks fantastic and healthy.Can’t wait to try this!

Federica said...

Mary le tue ricette sono sempre fantastiche!! bravissima!! ciao!

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

A fantastic combination, indeed! This not only looks delicious but it's also healthy. Who could ask for more?

Emily Malloy (Ziegler) said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog, what an honor!

This Asparagus and White Bean Salad looks divine!!! It is so versatile, too! I adore the combination of flavors!

~RED~ said...

This is gorgeous, healthy and totoally beautiful. How can it be so simple? bravo!

Salsa Verde said...

Hi Mary,
Thanks for your lovely words.
There's no lavender scent in my cupcakes. Just (edible) dried lavender flowers for flavour and purple food colouring on the frosting for the colour.
Hope you have a lovely evening,
Lia.

natural selection said...

Hello Mary,
I'm very happy to know that you have visited my blog, stayed awhile and enjoyed yourself. Although I'm not great at receiving compliments I prefer to give them and your compliments go a long way. I'm sure that all Bloggers and followers of yours appreciate your comments and succinct feedback. I look forward to your plethora of refreshing recipes.

Thank you and Namaste!

Cristie said...

What a delightful spring salad. Thank you for the specific instructions, no doubt I would have rushed though and as you put it had a "drab" colored salad. This sounds wonderful!

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

This is a great vegetarian meal! Simple and perfect flavor combos. I love asparagus in everything these days.

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Love the simplicity...sometimes I just want veggies...no meat...this would be perfect!

Carmen

Kaloula said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm so glad you did because I found YOUR blog and all your fabulous recipes!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Hubby and I have been trying more and more meatless meals in a quest for a healthier lifestyle. This one looks perfect for us to try while we can still get fresh asparagus. Thanks for the recipe! Betty

Joanne said...

I'm all about meatless MOST days! This looks like one delicious salad, especially since I've been on a white bean kick lately!

Lara said...

I was so excited to see that I had my first "stranger" comment from you on my cream of asparagus soup post! What a pleasant surprise to find your blog and this gem of a recipe. I cannot wait to serve it on memorial day. Thank you!

Krista said...

I love the tortilla application for this salad! It looks completely delicious. I received some fresh Michigan asparagus over the weekend and rather than put it into that gorgeous pasta that you posted last week, or save it for something like this, I lacked patience and time and ate it steamed and sprinkled with sea salt alongside my entrees this week. I think I ate nearly the whole bunch all by myself! Love asparagus! Next time...

kitchen tables said...

This looks like a healthy and yummy salad! Cool thing is it can be put into tacos and bread!

David said...

Looks like a good combination, I like to find things to do with asparagus this time of year.

Debinhawaii said...

This looks like a great salad--it has substance but is still healthy and light. Yum!

Lucie said...

A great picnic recipe!

Sophie said...

Indeed, a stunning &healthy pic nic dish!

Yummmmm,...

Sinea said...

This looks absolutely delicious!

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