Friday, June 6, 2008

Marinated Asparagus with Rocket and Gruyere

Oh yum. This has become my salad of choice. I have had it two times this week. I had the idea out of desperation. I haven't really felt like buying iceburg, kind of sick of it. The other leaf lettuces have been too expensive. So last Saturday, at the market I bought some arugula/rocket because I love it's peppery taste. It was a good price and I knew it was local. I also bought asparagus. I know everyone uses asparagus for many things but usually I just prefer it lightly poached with salt. I love it that way. This time I had seen a recipe for marinated asparagus. I decided instead of going to the trouble of making this elaborate marinade that I would just pour some balsamic and olive oil with a little sugar and salt and pepper. That was it. My parents were over for dinner and there was definitely not enough asparagus to go around so I added the arugula/rocket and sprinkled gruyere on it. It was divine! I cant stop eating it. I went back to the market mid week to get more asparagus and rocket! Now that was long winded post.

Marinated Asparagus with Rocket and Gruyere

1 bunch of arugula (about three cups)
2 cups asparagus, chopped into two inch pieces
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
s and p

Boil asparagus until tender crisp. Combine vinegar, garlic powder, oil, sugar and s and p. Marinate asparagus for at least four hours. Best results when asparagus is marinated overnight.

When ready to serve combine rocket/arugula with the marinated asparagus. Sprinkle gruyere on top.


kellypea said...

Arugula is always in my fridge. We love the peppery taste, too, and also use it on paninis. Great looking salad. It's a dinner in itself, which is my favorite. Of course the menfolk usually give me the eye, wondering what else we're having!

Lori said...

Kellypea- great idea with the panini. SOunds like dinner here. And you are so right about men saying and what else will we have.

giz said...

Arugula is one of those greens that I have trouble with but I would make this with field greens. I'll bet the gruyere makes it really nice and gooey

Ann said...

Ah, this looks so fresh and spring-like!
Ann at Redacted Recipes

Rosie said...

This looks so refreshing!!

Rosie x

Kevin said...

This salad sounds nice a fresh and good.