• at least 1 bunch organic asparagus
  • 2-4 organic blood oranges
  • 2-3 spoonfuls vegan mayonnaise (optional)
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh organic thyme, finely minced
  • 1 lemon wedge (for juicing)
  • sea or kosher salt
  • 1 potful boiling water
  • 1 ice water bath

For the asparagus–Wash and trim the asparagus. Now you need to blanch the asparagus. To do this, add the juice of the lemon wedge, a teaspoon of salt, and 2-3 pinches of the thyme to the water, and bring to a boil. Throw in the asparagus, cooking for about 2 minutes, or until it is bright green–a very short time because otherwise it will get soggy. As soon as the asparagus is done, remove from the boiling water and directly into the ice water bath to stop the cooking process and give them a wonderful crunch. I put the asparagus in the fridge while I prepare the rest of the recipe so it gets thouroghly chilled.

For the sauce–juice the blood oranges into a bowl. Add the rest of the thyme, and whisk together. If you would like a creamy sauce, now is the time that you would add the mayo. Carefully whisk the mayo in with the orange and thyme mixture until it is the desired consistency– it shouldn’t be too thick.

Assembly–remove the asparagus from the fridge and drain all the water. Pour the orange sauce all over the asparagus, and let it sit for a couple minutes before serving so the citrus and other flavors can meld together. Serve asparagus on pretty plates with a sprig of fresh thyme and some orange peel curls.

I like this dish because it is very simple and fresh, but looks fancy enough to really impress a guest! It’s also really yummy :) For a knock-your-socks-off meal, serve with strawberries marinated in balsamic vinegar, and a baby greens salad with rosted walnuts, avacados, and rasberry vinegrette!

Serves: 2-4 depending on how much asparagus is used

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