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Grilled asparagus salad

Grilled asparagus salad
with tomato jam and goat cheese

Ingredients (serves 4)
Tomato jam
3 red vine-ripe tomatoes, blanched* and peeled
3 yellow vine-ripe tomatoes, blanched* and peeled
1 shallot, shaved
2 garlic cloves, shaved
1 cup DHC Núñez de Prado Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons quality red wine vinegar
Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
4 stems fresh basil and marjoram, chopped

*Place the tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds. Transfer to ice water.

Salad
1 bunch jumbo asparagus, stems peeled
1 bunch baby arugula, washed
2 ounces goat cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 400°.
1. Cut blanched and peeled tomatoes in half. Scoop out core of tomatoes, including pulp, seeds, and juice into sauce pot. Reserve tomato flesh; set aside. Add shallots, garlic, sugar, bay leaves, and olive oil to the sauce pot; cook slowly until reduced by 75%. Pass the reduction through a hand sieve or strainer to remove seeds.

2. Finely dice the reserved tomato flesh. Add diced tomato flesh to the tomato sauce reduction and continue to cook slowly for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; cool. Add basil and marjoram and a dash of red wine vinegar; reserve.

3. Toss the asparagus in extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in 400° oven until tender (about 8-10 minutes). Remove and grill spears for 2-3 minutes per side.

4. Place 2-3 spears of asparagus on each plate; top with a generous dollop of tomato jam and sprinkle with goat cheese crumbles and arugula leaves.

Grilled asparagus salad

Tip
Tomato jam is very versatile! Use it to add
a savory burst of flavor to grilled salmon or chicken breasts. And you can make it in advance— it can be stored for up to a week in the fridge.

Option
This salad lends itself to scrumptious additions. Add chopped Kalamata olives, top with thinly sliced Parma prosciutto, or drizzle a balsamic vinegar reduction over it for added zest.