arugula with grilled asparagus pear and thyme vinaigrette

April 26, 2010

I just discovered this recipe in the (relatively) new Moosewood Cookbook called Cooking for Health. It was so good I made it two nights in a row and drizzled it liberally on an arugula salad with grilled asparagus and grilled pear. It’s sweet and thyme-y, and packed full of nutrients, particularly with the pear and apple sauce. The recipe calls for a raw pear, but since I was grilling pear for the salad anyway, I used grilled pear which was really nice – added sweetness with a little smokiness from the BBQ.

1 ripe pear, cored and chopped (and grilled)

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tbsps apple cider vinegar

2 tbsps apple or pear juice (I used apple sauce)

1 tsp dijon mustard

1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

1/4 tsp salt

generous dash of ground black pepper

1 small garlic clove, pressed or minced

maple syrup (I used about 1 tbsp)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth and creamy. If the dressing is too thick, add a little water or juice. This dressing will keep in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days. If the chilled dressing congeals, bring it to room temperature before serving.

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4 Responses to “arugula with grilled asparagus pear and thyme vinaigrette”


  1. […] for delicious and nutrient-rich dishes. Naturally I asked to borrow it. I posted their super yummy Pear and Thyme Vinaigrette the other day. Today I’m posting a quinoa and sweet potato dish that is pleasing to the eye, […]


  2. I tried this dressing yesterday and it’s easy to make and fantastic. I drizzled it over barley & lentils with steamed kale, brocolli, cauliflower and some walnuts. Yum! Off to make the asparagus soup. Thanks Ruth.


    • Cindy,
      Thanks! That sounds really good. You’re making me hungry. I’m glad you liked it as it’s become one of my favs, in fact Andrew and I had it for lunch over some arugula and grilled zucchini. Emily made the asparagus soup as well yesterday and I’m going to make some for dinner – must be in the air!
      Ruth


  3. […] it to taste with maple syrup.  (I haven’t tried this, but the gorgeous vegan blog v:gourmet recommends it.  Although I only met her–I mean her website–moments ago, I trust the writer […]


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