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In honor of St. Paddy’s Day (again), here is a recipe I saw my girl Martha Stewart prepare on the Today Show this morning.  (FYI, if you’ve read my “About” me, you’d know that watching The Today Show while on the elliptical is a daily activity of mine.  Low point/high point.)

Raw asparagus, peas, and wispy pea shoots are tossed in a creamy, tangy buttermilk dressing laced with tarragon and other herbs.

Read the recipe after the jump.


Serves 6

  • 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup fresh shelled peas
  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 pound), trimmed and cut on the bias into 2-inch pieces (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 6 ounces pea shoots, stems trimmed (about 5 cups)


  1. Make the dressing: Pulse buttermilk, vinegar, oil, chives, parsley, tarragon, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a blender until emulsified and pale green. Season with pepper.
  2. Make the salad: Prepare an ice bath. Bring a medium pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add peas; blanch until vibrant green, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain in a colander, and transfer to ice bath. Let stand until cool. Drain in colander.
  3. Arrange asparagus, pea shoots, and peas on a platter. Drizzle with dressing and toss just before serving. Season with pepper.

Written by doorr

March 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

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  1. […] and here), etc., I’ve finally decided to do my body a favor and eat something green.  While my girl, Martha Stewart, serves a mean dose of healthy inspiration on her website Whole Living, there are clearly some […]

    Health Kick « DOORR

    June 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm

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