Thursday, June 26, 2008

Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Cannellini Beans and Balsamic Vinegar

Arugula from our CSA, Tim's love for cannellini beans, and this recipe featured on Bridget's blog (originally from Cook's Illustrated).

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium red onion, sliced 1/8 inch thick (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed of tough ends and cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces)
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (about 1½ cups)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, plus 2 teaspoons
  • 14 ounces arugula (1 large bunch), washed, dried, and stemmed (about 6 cups lightly packed)


1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until beginning to smoke; stir in onion and cook until beginning to brown, about 1 minute. Add asparagus, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper; cook until asparagus is browned and tender-crisp, about 4 minutes, stirring once every minute. Off heat, stir in beans; transfer to large plate and cool 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, whisk remaining 3 tablespoons oil, vinegar, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in medium bowl until combined. In large bowl, toss arugula with 2 tablespoons dressing and divide among salad plates. Toss asparagus mixture with remaining dressing, place a portion over arugula, and serve.

Recipe Notes:
Serves 4 to 6 as a first course or 2 to 3 as a main dish

My Notes:
This is a filling, delicious vegetarian meal. We had sliced leftover steak on the side, though, which was really good!

Tim's Rating: 9/10
Liz's Rating: 9/10


Bridget said...

I'm so glad you guys liked it! I keep meaning to make it again, but it just hasn't happened yet.

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