Chilled Sesame Asparagus

Cooked asparagus is quickly chilled and then tossed with a simple soy-sesame vinaigrette for a tangy side dish to serve at pot luck gatherings or with cold cuts and sandwiches.

 

 

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

Preparation

  1. Cook asparagus in boiling water about 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Plunge asparagus into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain, cover, and chill 2 hours.
  2. Whisk together sesame oil and next 3 ingredients. Chill 2 hours.
  3. Arrange asparagus on a serving dish; spoon dressing evenly over top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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