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Roasted asparagus salad with Valencia oranges and ginger-citrus vinaigrette

Food and Style - Roasted asparagus salad with Valencia oranges and ginger-citrus vinaigrette

Every year, I look forward to asparagus season more than words can express. I’ve already praised this odd-looking yet succulent vegetable in this post for roasted asparagus with burrata, Tahitian lime oil and sorrel chiffonade, so it seems redundant to do it again here.

But this year something really special happened: I’ve actually planted my own asparagus bed! I ordered asparagus crowns (roots), which look like octopuses with skinny legs, and dubiously planted them in a raised bed, following the instructions to the letter.

I wasn’t sure that they would come up, but not two weeks later, my baby asparagus are popping out of the ground with gusto.

And even though I won’t be able to harvest from my asparagus patch for two years, when I see those frisky stems emerging from their bed the wait seems well worth it.

In the meantime, I’ll get my fresh spears from one of our local farmers’ markets and make today’s exotic and massively flavorful salad as many times as I can before the season has passed.




Food & wine pairing: Cephalonia, Robola with roasted asparagus and Valencia orange salad

White wine iconI highly recommend a Robola from Cephalonia (Greece) with this salad. The Robola from the Gentilini winery is particularly delectable. (To read more about this wine, click here.) But any medium-bodied white wine with juicy acidity and mellow citrus notes would work, like an unoaked Arneis from Piedmont, a Silvaner from Franken (Germany) and, of course, a Riesling from Germany or Alsace.

Food and Style - Roasted asparagus salad with Valencia oranges and ginger-citrus vinaigrette

Roasted asparagus salad with Valencia oranges and ginger-citrus vinaigrette

serves 4
active time: 30 min

For the asparagus

  1. 1 lb (455 g) asparagus spears (1 bunch) – bottom of stems snapped off
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. sea salt to taste

For the vinaigrette

  1. 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger (use a microplane grater)
  2. 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest (use a microplane grater)
  3. 1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar
  4. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  5. 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
  6. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  7. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  8. 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

For the salad

  1. 1 teaspoon sea salt for blanching
  2. 1 cup snow peas (3 oz) (85 g) – stem end trimmed and left whole
  3. 1 large Valencia or navel orange
  4. 1 large handful (3 oz) (85 g) baby arugula
  5. 2 tablespoons sesame seeds – toasted (see cook’s note)

  1. Preheat the oven to 500ºF (260ºC).
  2. Step 1: Move rack to the top of the oven. Spread the asparagus on a jellyroll pan. Brush with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes (depending on their size) until the tips begin to brown. The stalks should still be bright green. Remove from pan and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Step 2: In a small bowl, whisk ginger, zest, vinegar, lime juice, cayenne, salt, olive oil, and sesame oil until well blended. Set aside.
  4. Step 3: Fill a large bowl with cold water and several ice cubes. Bring 1 quart of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, add the salt and snow peas. Boil for 2 minutes. The snow peas will turn bright green. Drain and transfer to the cold water bath. When the snow peas are chilled through, drain and spread on paper towels. Set aside.
  5. Step 4: Peel the orange to its flesh and cut in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds, pith and threads in the center, and slice each half crosswise in 1/8″ thick slices. Set aside.
  6. Step 5: Place the arugula leaves in the center of each plate. Tuck a few snow peas and orange slices between the leaves. Top with the roasted asparagus. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
  7. Cook’s note: To toast the sesame seeds – Heat a small frying pan to medium-high heat. Add the sesame seeds and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until light-golden, stirring or shaking the pan constantly. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside until ready to use.

Viviane’s tip

  1. Use a microplane grater to grate the ginger and orange zest – it makes the job a cinch.


Use a microplane grater to grate the ginger and orange zest – it makes the job a cinch.

Roasted asparagus salad with Valencia oranges and ginger-citrus vinaigrette

salads, asparagus, arugula

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33 Comments

  • Reply sara June 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Yummy, this sounds fantastic! Asparagus plus orange sounds like an excellent combination. Delish! :)

  • Reply Sandra June 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Love your presentation. The orange seems to pair well with the asparagus.

  • Reply Lori Lynn June 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Viviane – your salad is gorgeous! I have to make it, I have Valencia oranges on my citrus salad tree!
    LL

  • Reply Kate@Diethood June 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Oh my, isn’t that gorgeous… your recipe, your presentation, your photos…I’m in love! :)

  • Reply Tiffany June 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Beautiful! And the sesame seeds are a nice (and healthy!) touch!

  • Reply El June 8, 2011 at 10:13 am

    It’s not redundant, it’s sensational. I love local asparagus and very much look forward to trying your recipe.

  • Reply FoodFitnessFreshAir June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Beautiful. I’m still eating asparagus out of the garden, and not yet tiring of it. I’ll be sad when the season ends, literally with the next week or so. They’re so many ways to use the green veggie.

  • Reply torviewtoronto June 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    colourful and flavourful salad

  • Reply Kelly July 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    This vinaigrette sounds delicious – the orange and ginger are a great pairing and I love the dash of cayenne!

  • Reply sara August 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that my dad and I made this salad for my mom’s birthday and we LOVED it – super delicious, thanks for such a great recipe!

  • Reply Maggie March 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

    This looks delicious–so ready for asparagus to arrive in the market.

    • Reply Viviane March 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Maggie! Mine are just coming out of the ground. I’m unbelievably excited… Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) April 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Oh I just love asparagus on salads. This looks so wonderful. I can’t wait to make this!

  • Reply Anita at Hungry Couple April 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I love roasted asparagus and eat it constantly at this time of year.

  • Reply Kiri W. April 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Absolutely beautiful – I love roasted asparagus and have never combined it with citrus fruit. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply April April 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Love your presentation! and this recipe wants to make me eat asparagus ! (which I will eat but I am not a huge fan of)

  • Reply Lacy @ NYCityEats April 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Oh I love that you’re growing asparagus! I wish I could do that but I mostly don’t do well with plants ha. I also love a simple roasted asparagus. Yours look delicious!

  • Reply Janet@FCTC April 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I have been wanting to try planting my own Asparagus but was too leery. You just inspired me to try, Viviane. Thanks!

    This salad looks amazing. The combo of flavors is not something I would have thought of but reading it I can see how well it would work together.

  • Reply Suzi April 5, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Viviane this looks fabulous and I love that citrus dressing. I am definitely going to make that. Have a lovely day.

  • Reply Liz April 6, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Ah, what an amazing springtime salad! Congrats on the Top 9 today…hooray!

    • Reply Viviane April 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Thank you so much Liz!

  • Reply Ansh April 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

    And you did it again :) Top 9 on Food Buzz! I am also planting some vegetables this year. It is so thrilling to see your own vegetables grow. Was it difficult growing Asparagus?

    Love the salad.

    • Reply Viviane April 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Thank you so much Ansh – you’re so kind! The asparagus grew to be 6 feet tall last year… and they’re just starting to pop out of the ground as I write these words. I was thrilled to see that they survived the winter. I have another year to go before I can harvest them, but I’m now thinking that I’ll plant another bed of purple tip asparagus.

      Planting one’s own veggies is indeed most rewarding. Have a great time with your veggie garden Ansh!

  • Reply mjskit April 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Viviane – what a beautiful salad! I love the combination of asparagus and orange and I just happened to have both in the fridge! I have to admit that I’ve never roasted asparagus, but it looks easy enough, so I’m definitely going to try it. Thanks for the inspiration! Gorgeous pictures!

    • Reply Viviane April 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you so much MJ, I know you’ll love the salad… and the roasted asparagus too! They are so delicious that I eat them on their own. Happy cooking!

  • Reply Stephanie April 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    this salad is beautiful! Love the oranges!

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