Grilled Vegetable Salad

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I experimented with quite a lot grilled vegetable dishes this past barbecue season, many of which were designed to be eaten cold. One of my favorite combinations was a delicious salad made with grilled and marinated, mushrooms, red peppers and asparagus… 

Grilled Veggie Salad 02

The red peppers used in this recipe were ‘pre-made’ ones I had from a recent batch of Roasted Red Peppers. The batch was kept in the refrigerator in a generous covering of my homemade Garlic Oil.

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Supper, on the day before I started this salad, was steak with grilled mushrooms and parsnips. The mushrooms were brushed with oil and seasoned with black pepper during the grilling process and I kept back about a half-dozen for the present dish.

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The asparagus was the only part of the salad that was made especially for this recipe (although some of the spears were saved and later added to a pasta dish). The spears were blanched briefly in boiling water before being oiled, seasoned and grilled like the mushrooms.

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I made a marinade (a dressing, really) out of good Extra Virgin Olive Oil to which I added just a splash of lemon juice, a pinch of dried thyme and some chopped parsley. I only marinated the mushrooms and the asparagus (the peppers were already nicely treated) and then I cut all the veggies to bite-sized pieces for final assembly. The result was, I have to say, excellent and I don’t think I would change anything at all…

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