COLD ASPARAGUS WITH CUCUMBER SALSA

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ASPARAGUS

I love the abundance of fresh vegetables available this time of year!

Today I picked asparagus and cucumbers to make one of my favorite ways to prepare asparagus.

I get so excited to share recipes with you but for me it’s not just about posting a recipe, it’s about bringing you the healthiest form of what you are about to eat. If I’m going to share a recipe I feel it’s important to provide information on what you are going to eat. Not only is it super delicious but super good for you as well.

So here is what you are giving your body with today’s recipe for Asparagus with cucumber salsa!

Asparagus provides a good source of antioxidants, vitamins C, E and K, flavonoids and polyphenols. Antioxidants prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and help reduce your risk of chronic disease. It nourishes the digestive tract and is a great source of fiber. Asparagus also contains many cancer-fighting properties.

Cucumbers are one of my favorite summertime fruits. I love the clean fresh taste and their aroma. I use this recipe for cucumber salsa over grilled or boiled veggies, grilled meats, fish, tacos and salsa for chips!

Did you know that cucumbers help eases anxiety and buffers some of the damaging effects of stress? That’s because they contain essential vitamin B, B1, B5 B7 which helps alleviate stress.

COLD ASPARAGUS WITH CUCUMBER SALSA

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CUCUMBER SALSA

ASPARAGUS & cucumber salad cristina ferrare cooks

Yields 2-1/2 cups

INGREDIENTS

2 medium cucumbers peeled, seeded and diced small

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 Tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 Tablespoon Jalapeno pepper diced small (optional)

2 Tablespoons red bell pepper seeded and diced small

¼ cup cilantro leaves chopped coarsely

1 Tablespoon fresh dill chopped small

6 mint leaves chopped fine

INSTRUCTIONS

Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir together well. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours. 

Salsa will keep for 2 days in a tightly covered glass container.

ASPARAGUS

cold ASPARAGUS salad recipe cristina ferrare

Serves 2 to 4  

INGREDIENTS

1- pound asparagus (contains 12 to 14 spears, 9-10 inches long, ½ to ¾ thick.)

INSTRUCTIONS

Snap off dry ends of the asparagus then slice the bottom on an angle.

Bring 2” of water with 1 teaspoon of salt to a boil in a skillet. Add the asparagus in one layer. Make sure the asparagus is covered with water by 1” while cooking.

Boil uncovered until the spears are easily penetrated with a sharp paring knife, about 5 minutes, 7 minutes for large asparagus.

I serve these asparagus cold so plunge the hot cooked asparagus when ready into ice water, let sit for one minute to stop the cooking. Drain and pat dry well.

Arrange on a platter and add salsa on top!