Becky Luigart-Stayner
6 servings

If you don't have a mortar and pestle to grind the garlic paste, you can always use a small heavy bowl and the back of a wooden spoon. A food processor works, too; be sure to scrape the sides down halfway through processing, and process again to achieve a smooth paste. If you can't find piquillo peppers, you can substitute roasted red peppers. Steam the asparagus and combine the ingredients for the dressing a day ahead; store them separately in the refrigerator.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place 1 tablespoon parsley, shallots, salt, and garlic in a mortar or small bowl; grind with a pestle until mixture forms a smooth paste. Stir in piquillo peppers and tomato. Add vinegar, oil, mustard, and black pepper; stir well to combine. Place asparagus in a shallow dish, and drizzle with pepper mixture. Gently toss asparagus and pepper mixture, using a serving fork and spoon. Place asparagus on a serving platter.

Step 2

Cut egg in half lengthwise; remove and reserve the yolk for another use. Chop egg white. Sprinkle egg white, capers, and remaining tablespoon of parsley evenly over asparagus.

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Ratings & Reviews

rbraposo's Review

June 20, 2011
Very nice recipe! I got my Piquillo Peppers at have the best Spanish ingredients at the best prices!

MTN326's Review

August 08, 2010
This dish is always a hit. You have to search for piquillo peppers (Whole Foods has them) but it is worth the effort. Dresses up the salad course for a special occasion.

srwfromorange's Review

May 31, 2010
This recipe was amazinging good. Using the motar & pestle was worth the little bit of extra time, but the taste was so yummy. Husband said the sauce would also be good on pasta salad, think I'll give that one a try.

dory92064's Review

December 31, 2009
Wonderful -- great flavor! This is definitely a keeper. I oven roasted the asparagus at 400 degrees for 10 mins. The only change was not to garnish with chopped hard-boil egg. The piquillo peppers have a little different flavor than regular roasted red peppers and are worth searching for -- you can find them at Trader Joe's. I served the asparagus salad with the other Spanish Menu recipes, the Dried Plum-stuffed Pork Loin in Sweet Sherry Sauce, the Baked Rice and the Orange Yougurt Cake. All the recipes were great. Will make all recipes again.

pluotsmom's Review

March 18, 2009
Very good and unique! I wouldn't go to the trouble and expense of getting the fancy bell peppers next time, use regular bottled roasted red bell peppers. Loved the flavors together and it has beautiful presentation.