White Asparagus Salad with Creamy Tomato Dressing


Serves 6

This time of year white asparagus is readily available. I like to find ways to use it because it is always delicious and more interesting to use seasonal ingredients. Don’t worry, if you cannot find it, you can use canned white asparagus or regular green spears.

5 large plum tomatoes, divided, 4 cut into wedges, 1 coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound green beans
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
12 spears white asparagus, steamed or grilled or
One 12-ounce jar of white asparagus, drained

In a blender, puree the 1 coarsely chopped tomato with the lemon juice, mustard and sugar. Add the mayonnaise and the 3 tablespoons of olive oil and blend the dressing until thick. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the green beans until tender, 4 minutes. Drain and let cool to room temperature, then drizzle the beans lightly with olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper.
Arrange the beans, tomato wedges, onion and asparagus on a platter. Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables and serve.

Make ahead the dressing can be refrigerated overnight. Serve lightly chilled or at room temperature.

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