Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ruby Red and Emerald Green

This sounded like an interesting salad to try, it was on my list of stuff, and I forgot to notate where I got the recipe from (I have a tendency to cut and past things into Word Document for later perusal).
Turns out that this is delicious with Moscato d'Asti. As strange as it may sound, the grapefruit brings the sweetness of the wine forward, but the ginger and cilantro spicy the sweetness up a bit. To top it off, it contains one of my favorite vegetables, that is cooked just the way I like it, bright green and crispy. This is a true "gem" of a salad.

Ruby and Emerald Salad

3 TB Toasted Sesame oil
1/4 cup Rice Vinegar
2 TB Cilantro; chopped
1 TB Key Lime Juice
1/2 tsp Lime zest or 1 thinly sliced makrut lime leaf lobe
1 1/4 tsp Fresh Ginger; minced
1 tsp Garlic; minced
1 TB Orange Blossom Honey
Salt & pepper to taste
1 lb Asparagus Spears; snap ends and cut to 2 inches
18 Ruby Red Grapefruit Segments (about 2 Grapefruits)

To prepare the Ginger Vinaigrette by combining the Rice Vinegar, Cilantro, Key Lime Juice, zest/Leaf, Ginger, Garlic, Honey in a bowl and whisking until combined.

Begin drizzling in the Sesame oil while continuing to whisk until an emulsion is formed.

Season with salt and pepper, to taste and set aside.

Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a medium stock pot.
Meanwhile, peel and section a red grapefruit, place in a medium sized serving bowl.

Once the water is boiling, add salt and drop asparagus.

Cook 3 minutes (until bright green)

Remove asparagus with skimmer and plunge into an ice bath to stop the cooking.

Pat asparagus dry and add to the bowl with the grapefruit and drizzle with Ginger vinaigrette .

Toss to coat.



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