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Your Go-To Date Night Menu for the Gluten-Free Vegan Girl

Chef Jason Roberts of ABC’s "The Chew" helps you dish up for the lowest common denominator.

Cooking for a woman can be a daunting experience, and even more so if she doesn’t eat any of your staple dishes. More and more women are showing up at your door gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free—and hungry. What do you do? The good news is that, assuming she doesn’t have too many cats, a woman who’s gluten-free, vegan, or both is probably a woman who cares about how she looks and feels. It’s a good sign. Here’s how to show her you care, too.

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First Course

Asparagus and White Peach Salad

White peaches are one
 of the most sensual fruits on the planet. They lend themselves nicely to a salad of cooked asparagus dressed lightly with hazelnut oil and lime juice. The undeniable sophistication of the unique flavors in this dish—or even the texture alone—is well worth a second helping. Not overly filling but loaded with goodness from Mother Nature’s garden, this starter is a guaranteed date pleaser.


  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 white peach, firm yet ripe
  • 1 tbsp hazelnut oil 
(you can substitute with walnut, pistachio, or extra-virgin
 olive oil)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 1⁄4 cup roasted hazelnuts, chopped


1) Blanch the asparagus in boiling, salted water until tender to the touch, approximately 5 minutes. Cut asparagus into 2-inch lengths.

2) Split the peach in half, remove the stone, and cut each half into four pieces.

3) Make a dressing
 with the oils, adding just enough lime juice to give you a slightly tangy flavor, approximately 1 teaspoon. Season with salt and pepper.

4) Assemble the ingredients by tossing peach and asparagus through dressing, lay onto a plate, interlacing the basil leaves, and scatter with hazelnuts. Serve.

Serves: 2



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