Mushroom & Asparagus Risotto W/ Marinated Tomato Salad

May 9, 2017
Serves 4 people
Prep time
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  • 2 Cups
    brown rice
  • 6 Cups
    vegetable broth
  • 2 Tablespoons
    avocado oil
  • 1/2
    small onion, diced
  • 1 Cup
    shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup
    crimini mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1
    bunch asparagus, chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 Cup
    dry white wine or white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons
    extra virgin olive oil, optional
  • Nutritional yeast to taste (optional)
  • pink salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 Cups
    cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 Cups
  • 1/2 Cup
    balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup
    fresh basil, sliced
  • pink salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh lemon juice and slices


  1. First prep the salad so the tomatoes have time to marinate while you cook the risotto.

    Slice the tomatoes in half and put in a bowl with vinegar, oil, salt, pepper and basil. Let sit.

    Reserve arugula until ready to serve.

  2. Make the Risotto:

    In a medium sauce pan warm up the vegetable broth but do not bring to a boil. Cover and keep warm. Set aside.

  3. Heat a large frying pan with a tall edge/lip over medium heat. Once hot add 1 tablespoon oil. Add sliced mushrooms and asparagus, cook for a minute. Add a small pinch of salt, toss and then cook for another minute. Toss and cook one more minute. Set aside.

  4. In the same pan over medium high heat, add the remaining oil and the onion. Saute for 2-3 minutes until translucent.

    Add the rice. Toast by stiring every 20 seconds or so until fragrant and nutty smelling. About 3 minutes.

    Then add in the white wine, stiring gently for 2-3 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.

    Lower to medium heat.

  5. Using a ladle, add warmed vegetable stock 1 cup at a time, stirring almost constantly, giving the risotto little breaks to come back to a simmer.

    There should always be a slight simmer.

    You want the mixture to be cooking but not boiling, or it will cook to fast.

    Continue to add vegetable stock, stirring as you go, until the rice is 'al dente' - cooked through but still has a little bite.

    The whole process should take 15-20 minutes approx.

  6. Add in 3/4 the mushroom and asparagus, reserving the rest for serving. Mix well to evenly combine.

    Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and more oil (or vegan butter) if using.

    Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, vinegar ect.

  7. TO SERVE:
    Divide the arugula amongst plates and top with equal portions of the tomato salad and the marinade.

    Spoon the risotto along side topping with the reserved mushrooms and asparagus.

    Squeeze with fresh lemon juice before serving, garnish with fresh basil and lemon slices if desired.