Asparagus and Sweet Potato Salad with White Chocolate Vinaigrette

Jun 18, 2024All Recipes

1 cup (250 mL) pecan halves

Crushed pink or black peppercorns (optional)

Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup (50 mL) white chocolate chips
2 tbsp (25 mL) 10% Ontario Half-and-Half Cream
1/2 tsp (2 mL) Dijon mustard
1 tbsp (15 mL) white wine vinegar
1/4 cup (50 mL) extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp (1 mL) crushed pink or black peppercorns
Pinch salt

In small microwaveable bowl, combine garlic, sugar, salt, lemon juice,
water and sambal oelek. Microwave on High for 1 minute until hot.
Stir to dissolve sugar. Place asparagus in shallow glass dish; pour
marinade over top. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.


Remove asparagus from marinade; discard marinade. Place
asparagus in single layer on parchment paper-lined rimmed baking
sheet. Roast in 400°F (200°C) oven for about 12 minutes, turning
halfway, or until tender-crisp. Set aside to cool.


Vinaigrette: In another microwaveable bowl, combine chocolate
and cream. Microwave on High for 1 minute or until melted. Whisk
in mustard, then vinegar until smooth. Gradually whisk in oil until
blended; whisk in peppercorns and salt. Set aside.


Arrange half of lettuce leaves to cover bottom of 13- x 9-inch
(33 x 23 cm) baking dish. Layer half of sweet potatoes and asparagus
over lettuce; drizzle with half the vinaigrette. Repeat with remaining
lettuce, sweet potatoes and asparagus. Sprinkle with pecans and
additional peppercorns, if desired; drizzle with remaining vinaigrette.
Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information:
1 Serving
PROTEIN: 7 grams
FAT: 36 grams
CARBOHYDRATE: 23 grams
CALORIES: 438
FIBRE: 6 grams
SODIUM: 240 mg

A dreamy, one-of-a-kind salad that is layered like lasagna with
marinated asparagus, sweet potatoes and pecans and drizzled
with a distinctive white chocolate vinaigrette.


Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Marinating Time: 1 hour or overnight
Cooking Time: 14 minutes
Serves 4


2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp (5 mL) brown sugar
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
Half lemon, juiced
1/4 cup (50 mL) water
1 tbsp (15 mL) sambal oelek
1 lb (500 g) Ontario Asparagus, trimmed
1 pkg (142 g) Ontario Greenhouse Baby Romaine Lettuce

2 small Ontario Sweet Potatoes, cooked and cubed

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