Warm Asparagus Salad
Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes
½ small onion, cut in half and sliced thin
2 TBS light vinegar (rice, apple cider, or white wine)
1 cup hot water
1 bunch asparagus
3 TBS chicken or vegetable broth
7½ oz jar of roasted red bell peppers, drained and slivered (or 2 medium red bell peppers, sliced thin)
1 TBS balsamic vinegar
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
salt and black pepper to taste
Slice onion and place in a small bowl with vinegar and hot water while preparing rest of the ingredients.
Heat 3 TBS broth over medium heat in a stainless steel skillet.
While broth is heating, snap off the woody bottom of asparagus stems, then cut the spears into 2-inch lengths. Cutting them into short pieces of equal length ensures quick, even cooking.
When broth begins to steam, add asparagus. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. The outside will be tender and the inside will be crisp. Thinner spears will take about 3 minutes.
After about 10 minutes, remove onion from hot water and squeeze dry.
Mix together roasted peppers with marinated onion, asparagus, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Marinate for 4-5 minutes and serve warm.
Optional: If you use fresh red bell peppers, sauté them for 7 minutes and toss with rest of ingredients in place of roasted peppers.