Asparagus Bibb Caesar with Parmesan Crisps
A delicious caesar salad with asparagus.
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- 2 T. olive oil
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 anchovy fillets, minced
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
- 1 T olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 lb. Asparagus, trimmed of any tough ends
- 1 head Bibb lettuce, torn into whole leaves
- 1 pint grape tomatoes
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- sprinkle of smoked paprika
- Preheat oven to 400*
- In a small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients, cover and chill.
- On a large sheet pan, toss together the asparagus with the 1 T of olive oil, salt and pepper and put in the oven to roast for about 10 minutes or until it browns a bit and starts to get caramelized. Remove from the oven and let cool.
- On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, spread a heaping T. of the parmesan onto the parchment paper ( this will make 8-10) and press lightly with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle each cheese mound with a bit of smoked paprika and bake for about 5 minutes, remove and let them cool completely.
- On four chilled plates, equally divide the Bibb lettuce leaves asparagus and grape tomatoes.
- Drizzle each salad with the dressing and serve with 2 parmesan crisps.
Healthy changes and substitutions
- Instead of eggs, this recipe uses greek yogurt to thicken this dressing while reducing the fat content and upping the protein quotient.
- Instead of croutons which are usually full of butter and salt, this recipe uses parmesan crisps to add crunch and saltiness.
- This recipe has no parmesan in the dressing, but gets that quintessential flavor from the parmesan crisps on top, which only takes about 1/2 of the parmesan called for in many caesar dressing recipes.
- A silicone baking sheet is a inexpensive kitchen tool that is perfect to use for cookies and, in this case, parmesan crisps. These sheets are reusable and completely non-stick.
- It is worth the extra effort to freshly grate hard cheese such as parmesan in a recipe such as this.
- Although Parmesan Reggiano can seem expensive, a little goes a long way and last a long time properly stored in the refrigerator.
- Chilled salad plates are a really nice touch and keep your salad crisp and fresh.
- Asparagus contains about 3 grams of fiber and about 5 grams of protein per cup, both of which help stabilize our digestion and help to feel full.
- Asparagus is an excellent source of folic acid as well as vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6, all of which play a key role in the metabolism of sugars and starches and helping to keep blood sugar levels steady.
- Asparagus contains a wide variety of antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E as well as the minerals zinc, manganese and selenium, making it a powerful tool in a healthy diet.
Robin Shea http://www.robinshea.com/