Chilled Asparagus with Creamy Sriracha Sauce

I am always looking for a way to get more greens.  There are just way to many days that I do not even look at a veggie until dinnertime.  Those are my bad days…days when I am moving too fast and only grabbing granola bars, yogurts and the occasional piece of fruit between activities on my checkoff list.  Lame, I know.  Especially since I am a mom who preaches to her kids about balanced eating…like, ALL the time!  Honestly, the problem most of the time is TIME.  I rarely have the time to chop up veggies for an omelet or make a bountiful salad for lunch.  I feel like a lot of the time my only option is to grab some carrots and cucumbers to nosh on, but that gets tired really fast.  Besides, chomping on carrots and cucumbers makes me feel like I am eating a school lunch.  Ok sometimes, but definitely not what I want for my daily dose of veg.

Thankfully, I have a few tricks up my sleeve.  What could be better than something I could prepare ahead for snacking on the go?

I got the idea for this particular recipe from a sushi bar that I used to frequent in college.  I had never even dreamed of eating chilled asparagus, but it is beyond fabulous.  Then again, anytime I pair something with Sriracha sauce, I am happy!  Seriously, when I was pregnant I added it to just about everything I ate (breakfast, lunch and dinner).  My infatuation has not diminished.  In fact, one of my favorite salads has Sriracha and extra jalapenos.  I think I may have burned off half my taste buds over the years, but who cares!?  I love my spice!

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The ingredient list is simple.

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Set some water to boil in a sauce pan while you prep the asparagus and get started on your sauce.

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The trick is to not let them cook too long.  You are looking for them to turn bright green but still maintain their crispness. A minute or two will do.  Just make sure that you have a bowl of ice water ready for a cold-shock.  It is important to cool the asparagus quickly, so that they do not continue to cook and turn to mush.

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Gahhhhh!  Just look at that color!  I am so excited that I going to have a tasty, big-girl veggie snack.  Not a baby carrot in sight!

Time for the overly complicated sauce 🙂 .  Combine your 1/3 cup of mayo with the juice of one lime and a pinch of salt.  Feel free to play with the amount of Sriracha that you add.  My recipe is just a guideline…remember, I tend to go overboard on this stuff.  Start with one tablespoon and go from there.

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Sauce is ready and my asparagus is chilled.  Dry them off a bit and give them a little sprinkle of sea salt.  Simple, fresh and clean.

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Oh happy day!  Such a bright zing of flavor!  Nom nom.

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Cheers to eating more veggies throughout your day!

xoxo

Chanda

Photos Credit to: Jessica Helton

Chilled Asparagus with Creamy Sriracha Sauce

Chilled asparagus is not something that you dream about but it is beyond fabulous! Especially when paired with the creamy sriracha sauce! Is your mouthwatering yet?

Course: Appetizer, Gluten Free, Side Dish, Snack, vegetables, vegetarian
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Japanese, Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • Fresh asparagus
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1-2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
Instructions
  1. Set some water to boil in a sauce pan while you prep the asparagus and get started on your sauce.

  2. You are looking for them to turn bright green but still maintain their crispness. A minute or two will do.  Just make sure that you have a bowl of ice water ready for a cold-shock.  It is important to cool the asparagus quickly, so that they do not continue to cook and turn to mush.

  3. Time for the sauce! Combine your 1/3 cup of mayo with the juice of one lime and a pinch of salt. Start with one tablespoon of sriracha and go from there.

  4. Sauce is ready and my asparagus is chilled.  Dry them off a bit and give them a little sprinkle of sea salt.  Simple, fresh and clean.