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Shaved Asparagus Salad with Manchego and Almonds

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Manchego and Almonds
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Lindsey Lower

 

Hands-on time 23 mins
Total time 23 mins
Yield

Serves 4

To shave the asparagus, hold the tough stem in your fingers and start at the green tender part. Peel toward the head with a sharp peeler to make thin ribbons. Medium or thick asparagus works best for shaving. If walnut oil isn't available, substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil. This dish makes for a quick and delicious light lunch. Round out the meal with toasted or grilled crusty whole-grain bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons walnut oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound large asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 ounce Manchego cheese, shaved (about 1/4 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 207
  • fat 16.4 g
  • satfat 4.4 g
  • monofat 8.7 g
  • polyfat 2.5 g
  • protein 11 g
  • carbohydrate 5 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 194 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 279 mg
  • calcium 154 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Using a sharp peeler, thinly peel asparagus to equal 3 cups asparagus ribbons. Add asparagus and parsley to bowl; toss gently to coat.

  2. Combine 8 cups water and white vinegar in a large skillet; bring to a simmer. Break each egg into a custard cup, and pour each gently into pan. Cook 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Remove eggs from pan using a slotted spoon.

  3. Place about 2/3 cup asparagus mixture on each of 4 plates. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons almonds; top each serving with 1 egg. Sprinkle evenly with Manchego cheese.

Cook's Notes

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