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Tomato and Asparagus Salad

    Source: Vintage Recipes from Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Cookbook (c. 1961)

    Ingredients

    4 ripe tomatoes
    crisp lettuce
    16 stalks cooked asparagus, drained and chilled
    French dressing
    mayonnaise
    2 hard-cooked eggs

    Instructions

    1 - Scald tomatoes.
    2 - Peel
    3 - Chill.
    4 - To serve, arrange lettuce on salad plates.
    5 - Cut stem end out of tomatoes.
    6 - Cut each tomato down in quarters but do not cut through to the bottom.
    7 - Spread quarters out.
    8 - Lay stalk of asparagus between each 2 quarters.
    9 - Spoon a litle French dressing over all.
    10 - Add dab of mayonnaise to center of each tomato.
    11 - Sieve a little hard-cooked egg over each plate.
    Makes 4 servings.

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    broccoli for asparagus in above recipe. Especially good with this com-
    bination is French dressing containing a little curry powder.

    Tomato and Cauliflower Salad: Substitute cooked, drained, and chilled
    flowerettes of cauliflower for asparagus. Garnish with finely cut green
    pepper

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    orange for asparagus. Garnish with thin rings of sweet onion. Add
    capers to the French dressing, or serve with Anchovy French Dressing.

    Anchovy French Dressing: Use basic recipe for French dressing. Substitute
    lemon juice for vinegar. Add 4 to 6 anchovy fillets cut very fine. Makes
    about 1 1/4 cps.

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