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Stephanie Izard's Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Rhubarb Salad

Makes: 6 servings
Stephanie Izard's Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Rhubarb Salad
  • 1  cup  white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2  cup  sugar
  • 1 1/2  cups  sliced rhubarb (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4  cup  olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2  pounds  fresh asparagus
  •  Coarse salt
  •  Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4  cups  baby arugula
  • 1  cup  crumbled goat cheese (about 2 oz.)
  • 3/4  cup  sliced almonds, toasted

1. In a small saucepan combine the vinegar and sugar over medium-high heat. Bring to boiling, stirring occasionally, cook until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the hot liquid over the rhubarb in a medium bowl and let stand until the liquid has cooled and the rhubarb is slightly tender.

2. Strain the liquid from the rhubarb, reserving both. Make a vinaigrette by whisking 2 tablespoons of the balsamic vinegar-sugar mixture with the cup olive oil in a small bowl. Refrigerate the remaining liquid for another use.

3. Preheat the grill to medium-high or the oven to 350 degrees F. Trim off and discard the woody ends of the asparagus and toss the spears with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

4. Place asparagus spears horizontally across the hot, oiled grill grates and grill until tender, 5 to 7 minutes, turning once or twice. Let the asparagus cool slightly, then cut the spears into 2-inch pieces. (If grilling isnt an option, roast them in the oven for 20 minutes.)

5. In a large bowl, combine the asparagus with the arugula, goat cheese, almonds, and reserved rhubarb slices. Drizzle vinaigrette over all, toss to coat, and serve.

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