Who knows me, knows that I Asparagus love and in all variants (except with ham). Okay, all kidding aside. In my new macrobiotics book I also read that it makes perfect sense that Asparagus grows in June, because it has a cooling effect on the body. In keeping with the weather (it’s currently 30 degrees here), nature provides us with the right foods at the right time. Then there are those lovely red, sweet fruits called strawberries. I combined smartly and it turned out this heavenly salad with heavenly balsamic vinaigrette. Let’s go!
A salad with strawberries and asparagus? A dream.
In my last post I wrote some information about the nutritional value of green asparagus, which you can read here. Strawberries are equally not to be underestimated in terms of their health value. Also here you can find more information in this blog post.
Is salad actually vegan? Haha!
What a question! Of course, salad itself is vegan, but often the dressing is not. In my view, many salads are far too overloaded with dressing, because many people think that salad itself tastes like nothing. I see it a little differently and think that it always depends on the quality. How about a salad tasting to get your taste buds going again for once. Just try different types of lettuce raw and notice the differences in taste. This is a good exercise for the palate and sharpens the senses.
In our case, I opted for a simple balsamic dressing. I love balsamic vinegar because it is so strong and full-bodied and so many dishes can be enhanced with it. To this is added very good quality extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and a small dash of maple syrup. Volià! (-> Balsamic dressing recipe)
How healthy are actually pine nuts?
There are situations when I’m standing in front of the shelf in the supermarket and I really have to get over myself. why? Because pine nuts are so darn expensive. So a small package in organic quality with 75g costs times fast 8€. That’s why I’ve been wondering if pine nuts, besides tasting great, are actually that healthy to justify that price.
- they have a high content of vitamin A, B1 and B2
- Niacin: needed by the organism for various enzymatic processes
- Selenium & vitamin E: have an excellent effect against free radicals, which are responsible for premature aging of the skin and many diseases, for example.
- Magnesium & Phosphorus: for strong muscles and bones
- rich in healthy polyunsaturated fatty acids
CONCLUSIONS: Pine nuts are definitely worth the money and have a permanent place in my kitchen from now on.
The salad with strawberries and asparagus is (30 minutes):
- Super nutritious
- Perfect light dish
Well, did you get a craving for this delicious vegan salad? I wish you a lot of fun in recooking and of course a review at the bottom of this page. If you post a picture, use the hashtag #veganevibes.
Salad with strawberries and green asparagus (30 minutes)
FOR THE SALAD:
- 15 ml Frying oil or other high heat oil
- 170-200 g mixed green salad e.g. batavia, wash and pluck into mung-sized pieces
- 250 g green asparagus
- 250 g Strawberries washed and cleaned
- 30 g Pine nuts
FOR THE DRESSING:
- Heat pan to medium heat and pour in oil.15 ml Frying oil or other high heat oil
- Wash asparagus spears once with cold water, pat dry and cut off the ends. Cut off only enough to remove the woody ends.250 g green asparagus
- Add to pan and sauté for 10-15 minutes until asparagus is tender, lightly browned, but still crisp.
- In the meantime, prepare the dressing. To do this, put all the ingredients in a small blender, jar or simply a bowl and mix well until a creamy sauce is formed.15 ml Balsamic vinegar, 45 ml Olive oil, 7,5 ml maple syrup, A good pinch of sea salt, A good pinch of pepper, 15 ml Filtered water
- At the same time, heat another small pan and toast the pine nuts without fat for 3-4 minutes until they are lightly browned and begin to smell fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside. Always keep an eye on it, as the delicate seeds can easily burn.
- To serve, divide salad and strawberries among 3 large or 4 small plates, top with asparagus, garnish with toasted pine nuts, dress and enjoy! Serve with spelt bread or rolls if desired.170-200 g mixed green salad, 250 g Strawberries, 30 g Pine nuts
- Tastes best fresh.Spelt bread, Spelt roll
- Salad bowl: http://amzn.to/2A3zWvs