Caesar Salad with Spring Asparagus

 

Caesar Salad with Spring Asparagus

  • 2 bunches pencil-thin asparagus, trimmed and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (or 1 anchovy filet)
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 head romaine hearts, chopped

Prepare a large bowl with ice and cold water, set aside to blanch the asparagus.

Bring a saucepan big enough to hold the asparagus to a boil, add a heaping tablespoon of salt and plunge the asparagus into the water, boil for 2 minutes. Drain the asparagus and put into the water bath until cooled, drain and set aside on a baking sheet covered with paper towels.

Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and anchovy paste in a medium bowl and whisk until combined. While whisking constantly, add the olive oil in a thin, steady stream until incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Toss the romaine with a little of the dressing. Transfer to a serving platter and top with asparagus and the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Serve extra dressing on the side.

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