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Asparagus with Sesame Vinaigrette

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Asparagus with Sesame Vinaigrette

Asparagus with Sesame Vinaigrette
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Asparagus spears are fun to eat and so visually beautiful on a plate. The flavor combination of sesame and mustard produces a tantalizing blend of East and West that will please everyone lucky enough to sit at your table.


  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 bunches asparagus, preferably medium; about 1 3/4 pound, trimmed


  • Toast sesame seeds in a small heavy skillet over moderately low heat, stirring, until pale golden, 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a small bowl. Whisk together oils, vinegar, mustard, half of sesame seeds, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl until combined well.
  • Steam asparagus on a large steamer rack set over boiling water, covered, until just tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Gently toss asparagus with vinaigrette and serve sprinkled with remaining sesame seeds.