Asparagus with Sesame Dressing

Delica RF-1 buys organic green and white asparagus for this salad from Zuckerman's Farm, a regular vendor at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Zuckerman's is located in California's Delta, near the city of Stockton, an area famous for its fertile black peat soil. The sweet and tangy sesame dressing is also wonderful as a dip for crudités, as a spread for a rare roast beef sandwich or drizzled over grilled fish, chicken or shrimp.


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  • Kosher salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 pounds asparagus, cut into 3-inch lengths
  • 2 small carrots, quartered lengthwise and cut into 3-inch lengths
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add a large pinch of salt and the lemon juice. In a medium skillet, toast the sesame seeds over moderate heat, shaking the pan a few times, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Spread the sesame seeds on a plate and let cool completely.

  2. Add the asparagus and carrots to the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and spread out on a baking sheet to cool.

  3. In a mini food processor, pulse the sesame seeds until coarsely ground. Add the mayonnaise, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and cayenne and process to blend. Season the dressing with salt.

  4. Transfer the asparagus and carrots to a platter. Drizzle the dressing on top or mix with the vegetables and serve.

Contributed By Photo © Frances Janisch Published April 2006

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