Asparagus with Strawberry Balsamic Coulis

Asparagus with Strawberry Balsamic Coulis

Asparagus with Strawberry Balsamic Coulis. Perfect for Easter or Passover. Impress your friends, look fancy and eat healthy. This has 3 ingredients, no added oil, no added sugar and is vegan and gluten-free | Plantivores

Asparagus with Strawberry Balsamic Coulis

A year or so ago we spent Passover, the Jewish holiday commemorating the Jewish exodus from Egypt, with a large group of family and friends.  We were asked to bring asparagus, which has always been a favorite with this crowd. This year I wanted to do something to jazz things up. I came up with this recipe for Asparagus with Strawberry Balsamic Coulis and it was a big hit (except for the woman with the severe strawberry allergy, but we didn’t let her near this).

I’ve always thought coulis was such a fancy word, reserved for hoity-toity restaurants. However, when I looked it up, it is the perfect description of this recipe. A coulis is defined by Merriam-Webster as being “a thick sauce made with pureed vegetable or fruit and often used as a garnish”. That’s exactly what this is!

What’s nice about this recipe is that it is very simple and easy and travels well, if needed, to a Passover Seder or Easter dinner at someone else’s house. It is also very pretty and adds some spring-like color to the table. Of course you don’t have to save this recipe for a special occasion; you can serve this any night of the week.

Asparagus with Strawberry Balsamic Coulis

Asparagus with Strawberry Balsamic Coulis

Asparagus with Strawberry Balsamic Coulis
 
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Make them think you are fancy with this Asparagus with Strawberry Balsamic Coulis side dish for Easter, Passover, or any day. Vegan, Gluten-free, Oil-free, No added sugar.
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Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: Vegetable
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped strawberries with stems removed (I used fresh but you could probably use frozen, thawed strawberries)
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound asparagus
Instructions
  1. Add the strawberries and balsamic vinegar to a medium pot.
  2. Heat on medium while stirring and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened.
  4. This whole process takes 20-25 minutes.
  5. While the sauce is cooking, wash the asparagus and snap off the woody bottom parts.
  6. Steam the asparagus using your favorite method until they are bright green. I put them in a dish with an inch of water, loosely cover the container, and pop them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  7. When ready to serve, place the asparagus on a serving plate, lined up all nicely and evenly (depending on how severe your OCD is).
  8. Ladle the strawberry balsamic coulis across the top and serve warm.
  9. You can also serve the coulis in a bowl on the side and let people serve themselves.
Notes
Serves 6-8 as a side dish

 

Asparagus with Strawberry Balsamic Coulis

Asparagus with Strawberry Balsamic Coulis

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