Yippee! It’s that time of year again, the Wellfleet Farmers’ Market opens today! Nothing tastes better than crisp cut greens, local honey and farm fresh eggs! There is something special about a meal that is made from food that has only traveled a few miles instead of a few thousand miles!
Asparagus is one of the first foods brought to market in the spring. Asparagus is a natural diuretic that aids the body in its “spring cleaning” by ridding the body of toxins. Asparagus contains a fiber called inulin, which healthy bacteria “probiotics” feed on making for a healthy digestive system. Asparagus also contains folate, a vitamin essential for women planning on becoming pregnant. To ensure the highest nutrient content, buy asparagus that is fresh and locally grown! Get out to your local farmer’s market and give this recipe a try!
Spring Asparagus Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
1 Bunch Local Asparagus
4-6 cups spring greens
Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
¼ cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
1 clove garlic
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup fresh basil
~Place vinaigrette ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until well combined, set aside.
~Wash asparagus and cut off tough ends.
~Toss asparagus with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
~Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.
~Place under broiler for 10 minutes, turning once.
~Remove from oven and let cool.
~Once cooled, slice into 1 inch pieces.
~Place slivered almonds on a baking sheet and broil until lightly golden, not burnt!
~Toss greens, asparagus and toasted almonds with vinaigrette.
~Top with fresh grated Parmesan cheese, a fried egg, or both!
Come check us out, every Wednesday from 8-1 behind Wellfleet’s Preservation Hall!