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Asparagus, Orange and Blue Cheese Salad

June 2006
Asparagus, Orange and Blue Cheese Salad

by 3 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 4 mins

Ingredients
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 pounds asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 2 oranges (preferably Valencia)
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
Directions
  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer the asparagus to the ice bath and let sit for 1 minute, then drain and set aside.
  2. Peel the oranges, cutting off the underlying white pith. Cut between the membranes to release the segments.
  3. Whisk together the orange juice and olive oil. To serve, divide the asparagus, blue cheese and oranges among 4 salad plates. Drizzle each with about 1 tablespoon of the dressing. Sprinkle with salt to taste.