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Asparagus Salad With Hazelnut Vinaigrette

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  Hazelnut oil 1 Tablespoon
  Vegetable oil 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Finely chopped hazelnuts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), toasted
  Thin asparagus 2 Pound
  Green onions 4
  Raspberry vinegar 2 Tablespoon
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Romaine lettuce 5 (Greens To Line Plates)
  Salt To Taste

To Make Hazelnut Oil: At least 24 hours before using, heat vegetable oil on top of stove or in microwave until very hot.
Place nuts in a small bowl or glass jar and pour hot oil over.
Cover and steep at room temperature for 24 to 36 hours.
Pour through strainer, pressing down lightly on the nuts.
Refrigerate oil and nuts separately until ready to use.
(Nuts and oil may be refrigerated up to 2 weeks.) To Prepare Asparagus Bundles: Cut off the woody bottoms of asparagus, leaving spears about 5 inches long.
Separate into bundles of 6 to 8 thin spears each, with tips pointing in the same direction.
Cut off green onion tops where the white ends and cut green tops in half lengthwise.
(Reserve white parts for another use.) Place tops in a micro-wavesafe pie dish, add 1/4 inch water and microwave, covered, on high (100%) for 1 to 2 minutes, or until wilted.
Cool slightly.
Tie green strips of onion around asparagus bundles.
To Cook: In a large skillet, bring about 1 inch of salted water to a boil.
Add asparagus bundles and boil gently, uncovered, until just tender, about 4 minutes.
Remove bundles and run under cold water to stop the cooking.
Blot dry. (Asparagus may be refrigerated overnight on a double thickness of paper towels covered with plastic wrap.) To Make Vinaigrette: In a small bowl or jar, whisk or shake vinegar and hazelnut oil.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Dressing may be refrigerated for several days.) To Assemble: Shortly before serving, line salad plates with greens.
Place 1 asparagus bundle on each plate, whisk vinaigrette, and drizzle over each serving.
Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts.

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Side Dish

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2523 Calories from Fat 2033

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 233 g358.2%

Saturated Fat 27 g134.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 522.1 mg21.8%

Total Carbohydrates 99 g33%

Dietary Fiber 58.3 g233.3%

Sugars 38.3 g

Protein 50 g100.1%

Vitamin A 2644.6% Vitamin C 696.4%

Calcium 81% Iron 211.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Asparagus Salad With Hazelnut Vinaigrette Recipe