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  • Prep
    7 min
  • Total
    15 min
  • Servings
    4 appetizers or 2 main

Asian Mushroom Salad with Artichokes and Asparagus

Ingredients

15 mL (1 tbsp) canola oil

5 mL (1 tsp) minced ginger

115 g (1/4 lb) enoki or cremini mushrooms

35 mL (7 tsp) soy sauce

60 mL (1/4 cup) water

115 g (1/4 lb) fresh shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and halved

2 thin coins peeled ginger, finely shredded

1 clove garlic, minced

10 mL (2 tsp) brown sugar

2 mL (1/2 tsp) sesame oil

30 mL (2 tbsp) rice vinegar or lemon juice

1 bunch asparagus, cut in pieces, cooked al dente

4 cooked artichoke hearts, cut into 6 wedges each

200 g (1 container) Saputo Cocktail Bocconcini cheese, drained

1 green onion, sliced thinly on an angle

15 mL (1 tbsp) toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Directions

  1. Trim the root part of the enoki mushrooms and divide them into small bunches, or, if using cremini mushrooms, slice them thinly.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed frying pan with a lid, heat the canola oil on medium heat. Add the minced ginger and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the enoki or cremini mushrooms and stir-fry for 2 minutes, until beginning to brown. Add 5 mL (1 tsp) soy sauce and 60 mL (1/4 cup) water to the pan. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 3 minutes until the mushrooms are soft. Add the shiitake mushrooms to the pan, toss, cover again. Turn off the heat but leave the covered pan on the burner to cool slowly.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining soy sauce, shredded ginger, garlic, brown sugar, sesame oil, and rice vinegar. Toss the mushrooms, asparagus, artichoke hearts, and Cocktail Bocconcini with the dressing. At this point the salad can be covered and refrigerated for several hours.
  4. At serving time, sprinkle the salad with the sliced green onion and sesame seeds.

Tip: While we’ve used Asian mushrooms, feel free to substitute any mushrooms you have on hand. The salad will be just as tasty. We prefer Japanese-style soy sauce. Whatever you choose, avoid any brands that list “caramel” or “hydrolyzed soy protein” as ingredients, as this is likely not real soy sauce.