Friday, 5 April 2013


Spring is the time of the asparagus and today, we have chosen an easy recipe to enjoy with a fresh and aromatic white wine of your choice; This is a nice and simple cold salad that is nothing more than asparagus dressed in a Chinese -influenced vinaigrette topped with sesame seeds.

It's a great way to celebrate the arrival of the asparagus crops!

Ingredients  (Original recipe makes 1 1/2 pounds)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoonred wine vinegar

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon white sugar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons peanut oil 

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 1/2 poundsfresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

1 tablespoon sesame seeds


1. Whisk together the rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and mustard. Drizzle in the peanut oil and sesame oil while whisking vigorously to emulsify. Set aside.

2. Bring a pot of lightly-salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus to the water and cook 3 to 5 minutes until just tender, but still mostly firm. Remove and rinse under cold water to stop from cooking any further.

3. Place the asparagus in a large bowl and drizzle the dressing over the asparagus. Toss until evenly coated. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve.


4. Choose your favorite Greek white wine, preferably either a fresh  100% Sauvignon Blanc or blended with other white grapes as  Chardonnay and  Semillon ; for those about to experiment with Greek  indigenous grapes we strongly recommend a fresh Moschofilero from the region of Mantinia, Peloponnese!

Estate Manolesakis white / Sauvignon blanc - Chardonnay
Lafazanis Winery /  Moschofilero 100%
Nico Lazaridi Winery- The Black Sheep  / Sauvignon - Semillon 


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