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Course: appetizer, main course
Total time: under 1 hour
Skill level: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
Yield: Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 8 quail eggs
  • 1 pound green asparagus (preferably thin), trimmed
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (preferably tarragon)
  • 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup safflower or grapeseed oil
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced into rings
  • 3 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 cup pale green celery leaves (from center of bunch)

Directions

Cover eggs with cold water in a very small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, 5 minutes. Rinse eggs under cold running water to stop cooking, then peel and quarter.

Cut asparagus on a very sharp diagonal into 3/4-inch-thick slices (about 2 inches long), leaving 2-inch tips. Halve tips lengthwise if thicker than rest of slices. Arrange asparagus on a steamer rack and sprinkle with kosher salt. Steam, covered, over boiling water until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels.

Whisk together vinegar and mustards. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking. Stir in shallot, 2 teaspoons tarragon, and salt and pepper to taste.

Toss asparagus and celery leaves with half of vinaigrette and mound on 4 plates. Tuck quail eggs decoratively into salads. Drizzle salads and plates with remaining vinaigrette and sprinkle with remaining teaspoon tarragon.

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Nutrients per serving

Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.

222kcal (11%)
53mg (5%)
7mg (12%)
79mcg RAE (3%)
337mg
24mg
5g
3g
3g
6g
152mg (51%)
382mg (16%)
2g (12%)
21g (32%)
3mg (18%)