Shaved Asparagus Salad with Manchego and Almonds

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Lindsey Lower  

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.

Yield: Serves 4
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 23 Minutes
Total: 23 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 207
  • Fat: 16.4g
  • Saturated fat: 4.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 8.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.5g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbohydrate: 5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 194mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 279mg
  • Calcium: 154mg

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)

Preparation

  1. 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. 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. 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.
Note:

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