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Asian Asparagus and Shrimp Salad: A Refreshing Delight

This Asian-inspired asparagus and shrimp salad is a refreshing, healthy, and colorful dish that's perfect for a light lunch or appetizer. The combination of fresh Altar asparagus, succulent shrimp, and vibrant herbs, all dressed in a zesty sesame ginger vinaigrette, makes this salad a palate-pleaser.

Ingredients:


For the Salad:

  • 1 bunch of fresh Altar asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces.

  • 1 pound of large shrimp, peeled and deveined.

  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced.

  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved.

  • 1 cup of cucumber, thinly sliced.

  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro leaves.

  • 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves.

  • 1/4 cup of roasted peanuts, chopped (optional for garnish).

  • Salt and black pepper to taste.

  • Olive oil for cooking.

For the Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette:

  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce.

  • 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar.

  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil.

  • 1 tablespoon of honey.

  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, grated.

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced.

  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (adjust to your preferred level of spiciness).

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Altar Asparagus and Shrimp:

  • Snap or trim the tough ends of the asparagus and cut them into bite-sized pieces.

  • Season the shrimp with salt and black pepper.


2. Cook the Asparagus:

  • In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the asparagus pieces for about 2-3 minutes, or until they become bright green. Drain and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water to preserve their color and crispness.

3. Cook the Shrimp:

  • In a pan, heat a bit of olive oil over medium-high heat.

  • Add the seasoned shrimp and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until they turn pink and opaque. Remove from the heat and set aside.

4. Prepare the Vinaigrette:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey, grated ginger, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.

5. Assemble the Salad:

  • In a large bowl, combine the blanched Altar asparagus, cooked shrimp, sliced red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber.

  • Drizzle the sesame ginger vinaigrette over the salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients evenly.

  • Add fresh cilantro and mint leaves to the salad, tossing again to incorporate the herbs.

6. Garnish and Serve:

  • If desired, sprinkle with roasted peanuts for a delightful crunch.

  • Serve your Asian asparagus and shrimp salad immediately, and enjoy a burst of fresh flavors with every bite.

This vibrant salad is a harmonious blend of textures and tastes, making it a delightful option for a light, healthy, and flavorful meal. The sesame ginger vinaigrette adds a tangy zing to the dish, making it a satisfying and refreshing choice.

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