To prepare the oregano
vinaigrette: In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk
together the vinegar, sugar
, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Slowly add oil, whisking constantly to emulsify. Set aside.
To prepare the salad: To blanch
the asparagus, bring a large pot of water to a boil, then drop the asparagus spears in for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on their size. Remove from the water and "shock" them briefly in a bath of ice water to stop the cooking and preserve
the green color. Drain
thoroughly. Repeat the same process with blanching the green beans
, cooing a little longer, about 5 to 7 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, combine the carrots, black beans
, and green beans. Toss together until well mixed. Drizzle with half the Oregano Vinaigrette and mix thoroughly.
Place a small pile of salad mix in the center of 6 small plates. Build a campfire stack by arranging 4 or 5 asparagus spears leaning against each other over the salad. Drizzle
a little vinaigrette on each stack and serve.
If taking to a picnic, keep salad mix and vinaigrette
separate until ready to serve, then mix and plate.