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Sesame Asparagus Salad – the perfect spring side dish

  • Author: zenbelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: vegetables
  • Method: blanch


an easy and flavorful spring side dish


  • 1 pound asparagus 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos* or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


    1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Have a colander and bowl of ice water ready. 
    2. Snap or cut off the bottom woody ends of the asparagus and discard. Chop the rest on a bias into 1-inch pieces.
    3. In a large bowl, mix together the coconut aminos, sesame oil, and ginger.
    4. Once the water is boiling, drop in the asparagus and blanch for about 1 minute, longer for thick asparagus, shorter for skinny. You want it to be bright green and crisp-tender. 
    5. Strain the asparagus and plunge into the ice water. Once cool, strain again and toss with the dressing and half the sesame seeds. 
    6. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds. Serve cold or at room temperature. 


    If using coconut aminos instead of tamari, add a dash of fish sauce to add some salt and umami

    Keywords: sesame asparagus salad