Sunday, 8 May 2011

Asparagus with Strawberries - Salad

Asparagus with Strawberries Salad
Select straight, firm, uniformly sized asparagus spears with closed tips . Cut off the tough or woody ends of asparagus spears , and using a vegetable peeler peel off the tough skin from the bottom towards just under the spears .Blanche asparagus in ample sugared water - sugar retains the green color - a teaspoon is enough . Boil for 30 seconds , drain and plunge into iced water to stop the cooking . The asparagus should be crunchy .
Clean and halve the strawberries . Take half the quantity and liquidise with a few cloves of garlic and a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar . Add salt .
Arrange asparagus , spoon the half the liquidised asparagus dressing randomly to dress and decorate . Arrange the balance strawberries in the center of the plate and pour the rest of the dressing onto them . Chill and serve .
Food Value
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Asparagus is one of nature's true food heroes .Arich source of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. Asparagus is also packed in the naturally occurring phytochemicals of glutathione, rutin, and folic acid. Asparagus, next to orange juice, is regarded as the second best whole foods source of folic acid. Folic acid is known to lower the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, liver disease, and spina bifida.
The strawberry is tiny but mighty. It's packed with nutrition and flavor. An excellent source of potassium and magnesium , they have more vitamin C than citrus fruit !

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