Ideal Protein Recipe: Marinated Mushrooms & Asparagus Salad

Ideal Protein Recipe: Marinated Mushrooms & Asparagus Salad

This recipe is great for all phases of the Ideal Protein regimen.  Full of delicious mushrooms, lots of flavor, and fresh asparagus, it makes for a tasty and flavorful addition to your diet.

1 pound of mushrooms (crimini or whatever is available), quartered
1 pound asparagus, bottom two inches cut off
1 turnip, waxy skin removed and then shaved thin using a vegetable peeler
1 bunch scallions chopped large
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced thin
a small bunch chives, cut one inch long
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil

Fill a large pot of water for blanching and bring to a boil. Add salt until it tastes like the ocean.
While you are waiting for the water to boil, coat a sauté pan with oil and turn to high heat. Add the mushrooms to the hot pan and let them sit for a minute to gain color.
Shake them every minute or two to brown them on all sides. After five minutes and when they are deeply browned, add the chopped garlic and peeled turnip. Gently toss or stir a few times, then remove from heat and place in a mixing bowl. Add the vinegar and scallions. Toss and let cool.
Blanch the asparagus in the boiling salted water for two minutes. Remove and shock in ice water. Let sit in the ice water to completely cool, about two minutes. Remove and cut each spear in thirds on a bias and add to the mushroom bowl.
Finally add your fresh chives and zucchini. Season with salt and pepper, and then toss one last time. Keep in the refrigerator until served. This will hold up well for three days.

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