This is a variation of an asparagus mimosa, a classic Italian asparagus dish served with grated cooked egg and olive oil and often very little else except salt and perhaps a little lemon juice. Although ordinarily a hard-boiled egg is grated for this salad, I made some soft-boiled eggs instead to let a little of the yolk ooze out onto the lightly steamed asparagus — instead of grating the egg you may find it easier to finely chop the eggs instead. I used a little of the extra-virgin O meyer lemon olive oil and the wonderful dry O champagne vinegar that I received recently, both of which enhanced the asparagus beautifully. If desired, add just a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice to a salad olive oil, and be sure to use a very light and dry vinegar such as rice vinegar or a dry white wine vinegar.
With a little chopped fresh parsley and just a hint of sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper seasoning, this is an elegant salad to enjoy on a warm summer day, such as the days we've been having here with temperatures soaring to over 30°. I don't mind the heat really, but I don't care to be standing over a hot stove in this weather either. Unfortunately the landlady has resisted turning on the air conditioning so far — just as when she resists turning on the furnace in the winter until the temperatures are numbing! Oh well, this is a lovely apartment, indoor temperatures aside, and I don't mind making these simple salads. But one of these days, I would like to have a house of my own.
Enjoy this elegant dish on your patio or deck along with a whole grain. I am sending this off to my dear friend Jac and partner in arms for this month's No Croutons Required. The theme is to come up with a leafless vegetarian salad.
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on June 19. 2012
Simple, classic and elegant Italian dish of asparagus served with a simple olive oil and champagne dressing and topped with grated egg
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More asparagus dishes from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Warm Baby Potato and Asparagus Salad
Wild Rice and Asparagus Salad
Asparagus and Oriental Tamari Dressing with Pine Nuts
Asparagus Pesto Rice
Asparagus and Feta Cheese Frittata
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