Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Salad and A Side


      This year, I'm hosting Easter brunch for Roy's side of the family.  It's got to be easy to do, because everyone is coming over right after church and they will be ready to eat!  For the side, we are going to have asparagus with a drizzle of Zippy Sauce - one of Caroline's favorites.  I'll make the sauce ahead of time and quickly cook the asparagus just before we sit down.  Likewise with my current salad obsession, (it's so refreshing and pretty) -  I'll combine the ingredients, store them in the refrigerator, then whisk up the dressing before church to be put on at the last minute. You can substitute any type berry or any kind of lettuce, but I love the look of the blackberries against the colors in "Baby Spring Mix".  The dressing can be changed up as well - any berry jam will do.

Asparagus with Zippy Sauce

Enough fresh asparagus for your crowd
1 cup mayonnaise
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped (optional)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced onions
1 teaspoon prepared mustard (I use Dijon country style)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon bottled hot sauce (I use Frank's)

Rinse the asparagus and cut the ends off.
In a pan large enough to hold all the asparagus, bring 3 to 4 inches of water to a boil. Drop the asparagus in, cover and cook for about 4 minutes or more if more tenderness is desired.
While the asparagus is cooking, whisk the other ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl.
Plate the asparagus and just before serving, microwave the sauce for a minute. Give the sauce a good stir and drizzle it over the asparagus. 

Spring Salad

For Salad:
One large package of "Baby Spring Mix" ( or baby spinach leaves, etc.)
1 package of fresh berries such a blackberries or raspberries
1 large cucumber, sliced, then slices quartered
3 tangerines, peeled and sections separated
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Rinse and drain the berries. Gently, combine all the ingredients in a salad bowl.

For Dressing:
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup some kind of berry jam such as raspberry - I love Pensey's Raspberry Enlightenment
3 tablespoons sliced green onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Whisk all the ingredients together.

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