Crisp Asparagus-Lemon Relish

This is a refreshing and lemony topping for oysters on the half shell as well as for grilled fish and smoked salmon.

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  • Servings: MAKES ABOUT 1 1/2 CUPS

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  • 1 pound white asparagus, peeled, or green asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. Steam the asparagus until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Rinse under cold running water and drain. Cut into 1/4-inch dice.

  2. In a bowl, combine the onion with the mascarpone, lemon juice and zest. Fold in the asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes and up to 3 hours.

Contributed By Published June 2000

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