Asparagus with Warm Tarragon-Pecan Vinaigrette
Adapted from Vegetable Heaven
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Why not give a delicious welcome to
the spring season? Here's how.
NOTE: This dish tastes best within
an hour of being made.
1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus (the thinner, the better)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup minced pecans
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 tablespsoons minced fresh tarragon (or 2 teaspoons
Black pepper to taste
- Break off and discard the tough
bottom ends of the asparagus, then slice the stalks on the diagonal
into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.
- Combine the vinegar and sugar in a small bowl and mix until the
sugar dissolves. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a large skillet. Add pecans, and sauté over
medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, or until they are fragrant
and lightly toasted.
- Turn the heat to medium-high, and add the asparagus, garlic,
and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Stir-fry for about 3 to 5 minutes, or
until the asparagus is just barely tender. (Thicker asparagus will
- Add the vinegar mixture to the asparagus, stirring well. Cook
over high heat for only about 30 seconds longer, then remove from
- Stir in the tarragon, the remaining salt, and black pepper to
taste. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.