Asparagus Salad with Poached Eggs and Tapenade Toasts

Asparagus Salad with Poached Eggs and Tapenade Toasts Recipe
Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
For your Meatless Monday--or other day of the week--serve Asparagus Salad with Poached Eggs and Tapenade Toasts. This meatless meal delivers your protein, a veggie, and bread all in one dish.


Serves 6
Total time: 34 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 34 Minutes
Total: 34 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 236
Fat 12.7 g
Satfat 2.6 g
Monofat 7.4 g
Polyfat 1.8 g
Protein 11.4 g
Carbohydrate 19.4 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 186 mg
Iron 4.2 mg
Sodium 418 mg
Calcium 63 mg


1 1/2 pounds asparagus spears, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice, divided
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 teaspoons white wine vinegar, divided
1 tablespoon capers, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
1 1/2 ounces kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
1 garlic clove, minced
12 (1/2-ounce) slices whole-wheat baguette
6 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt


1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add asparagus; cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain; keep warm.

3. Combine rind, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 2 tablespoons oil, and 2 teaspoons vinegar in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

4. Place remaining 1 tablespoon orange juice, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, capers, fennel seeds, olives, and garlic in a food processor; process until finely chopped.

5. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet. Broil 2 minutes or until golden, turning after 1 minute.

6. Add water to a large skillet, filling two-thirds full; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer. Stir in remaining 2 teaspoons vinegar. Break each egg into a custard cup. Gently pour eggs into pan; cook 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Carefully remove eggs from pan using a slotted spoon.

7. Spread tapenade evenly onto toasts; place 2 toasts on each of 6 plates. Drizzle asparagus with dressing, tossing gently to coat. Divide asparagus evenly among plates. Top asparagus with 1 poached egg; sprinkle eggs evenly with pepper and salt. Serve immediately.


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Joanne Weir,

Cooking Light

June 2013