Recipe Summary

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 6 mins
Yield: 6 servings

This recipe is...

  • low in fat
  • rich in veggies
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Steamed Jumbo Asparagus with Wilted Leek and Cucumber Vinaigrette

This recipe serves:  6
2 European cucumbers
4 leeks, roots and greens trimmed
1 cup Champagne vinegar
4 shallots, diced
4 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh, chopped chervil or tarragon, plus a few sprigs for garnish
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, optional
salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds jumbo asparagus
Cooking Instructions
1. Place the cucumber in a small bowl, salt lightly and set aside for 1 hour.

2. Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil and prepare a bowl of ice water. Slice the leeks lengthwise, put the flat side down and thinly slice them across. Rinse in cool water and drain well. Blanch the leeks in the boiling water for 1 minute, drain and plunge them into the ice water. Drain again and store the leeks in the refrigerator.

3. Combine the vinegar, shallots, sugar, mustard and chervil in a bowl. Whisk in the olive oil a little at a time until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Squeeze out the excess liquid from the cucumber and leeks and combine them with the vinaigrette.

4. Bring a large pot of water with a tablespoon of salt to a boil and prepare a large bowl of ice water. Add the asparagus to the boiling water and cook for approximately 5 minutes or until you can bend the spears without breaking them. Immediately plunge the asparagus into the ice water. Drain and pile the asparagus on a long plate with the leek and cucumber vinaigrette spooned over the top. Serve at room temperature.

Serving Size: 4 spears of asparagus with vinaigrette

Nutritional Information

Number of Servings: 6

Per Serving

  • Calories
  • 151
  • Carbohydrate
  • 24 g
  • Fat
  • 4 g
  • Fiber
  • 3 g
  • Protein
  • 5 g
  • Saturated Fat
  • 1 g
  • Sodium
  • 188 mg