Simple Asparagus Salad

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 20mins
  • Difficulty: easy

Ingredients:

  • 10 stalks of Asparagus
  • 1/2 cup of Balsamic Vinegar
  • Parmesan
  • 1 handful of pine nuts
  • Rocket

Directions:

  • Prepare the balsamic reduction to set aside (see bel0w).
  • Lightly steam your asparagus for approximately 5 mins. I think they are best a little ‘al dente’ so I’d recommend keeping an eye on them as you do this- wait for them to darken slightly and don’t allow the stems to wilt. You really will only need to steam them for a few minutes.
  • Toss the steamed asparagus over a bed of leaves such as rocket (watercress would also work), add parmesan shavings, pine nuts and drizzle over the parmesan reduction!

How to make a balsamic reduction:

  1. Add 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar to a saucepan and cook on the lowest heat possible.
  2. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon to avoid burning.
  3. Water will evaporate off to produce a thick, ever so slightly sticky dressing than you know is ready when you scrape your spoon through the pan and the liquid takes a couple of seconds to fill the gap (super scientific eh?!).

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