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Grilled Portobella & Asparagus Salad

Not your traditional "salad," these grilled veggies can be served room temp or chilled, as Wegmans Chef Nella Neeck demonstrates. A wonderful spring-summer time recipe celebrating tender asparagus and portobellas. The combination of lemon and barbeque seasoning is different. Great make ahead dish that is a crowd pleaser. It would be great with any grilled veggies. Could put leftovers on a pizza, in salads or even make into a bruschetta.
Ingredients
  Asparagus spears 2 3⁄4 Pound, woody ends trimmed (about 3 bunches)
  Sweet onion 1 Large, peeled
  Portabella mushroom caps 1 1⁄4 Pound (about 6-8 large)
  Sweet red pepper 1 Large, halved, cored
  Basting oil 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Lemon 1 Small, zested and juiced
  Bbq seasoning 1 Tablespoon
  Sea salt To Taste
  Cracked black pepper To Taste
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat grill on HIGH 10 min.
2. Clean grill with wire brush. Using soft cloth, coat grill grate lightly with vegetable oil.

MAKING
3. Brush asparagus with basting oil and place on the grill. Cook for 2-3 minutes on high. Reduce heat to medium and cook for another 10 minutes, turning often, until cooked through and tender.
4. Slice onion into four discs. Skewer onion discs with two skewers, lollipop-fashion. Brush onions with basting oil and grill them for 10-15 minutes, until tender with char marks.
5. Brush mushrooms and pepper halves with basting oil and grill 10-12 minutes, until tender and char-marked.
6. Dice onions. Wedge-cut mushrooms into sixths. Slice peppers into strips. Cut asparagus diagonally into thirds.
7. Toss all veggies together in large bowl. Add lemon zest and juice and BBQ seasoning. Gently toss to blend well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

SERVING
8. Serve the salad cold or at room temperature.

TIPS
Grilling veggies the day before allows flavors to meld and frees up your grill for other items.
Onions can be grilled using a grilling basket.
Use a microplane grater for a smaller, finer lemon zest.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Grilling
Dish: 
Salad
Ingredient: 
Asparagus
Interest: 
Party, Healthy
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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