Asparagus Bibb Caesar with Parmesan Crisps
Serves 4
A delicious caesar salad with asparagus.
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Dressing
  1. 2 T. olive oil
  2. 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 2 anchovy fillets, minced
  5. zest and juice of 1 lemon
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
Salad
  1. 1 T olive oil
  2. 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  3. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  4. 1 lb. Asparagus, trimmed of any tough ends
  5. 1 head Bibb lettuce, torn into whole leaves
  6. 1 pint grape tomatoes
Parmesan Crisps
  1. 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  2. sprinkle of smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400*
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients, cover and chill.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. On four chilled plates, equally divide the Bibb lettuce leaves asparagus and grape tomatoes.
  6. Drizzle each salad with the dressing and serve with 2 parmesan crisps.
Healthy changes and substitutions
  1. Instead of eggs, this recipe uses greek yogurt to thicken this dressing while reducing the fat content and upping the protein quotient.
  2. Instead of croutons which are usually full of butter and salt, this recipe uses parmesan crisps to add crunch and saltiness.
  3. 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.
Cooking Tips
  1. 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.
  2. It is worth the extra effort to freshly grate hard cheese such as parmesan in a recipe such as this.
  3. Although Parmesan Reggiano can seem expensive, a little goes a long way and last a long time properly stored in the refrigerator.
  4. Chilled salad plates are a really nice touch and keep your salad crisp and fresh.
Nutritional Facts
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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/