Last time I was doing some retail therapy at Trader Joe's (yup, my retail therapy is done at grocery stores...), I picked up some Black Truffle Oil. It had been a while since I was lucky enough to taste that deliciously musky yet sweet flavour, so I decided to treat myself.
The best thing about an oil like this is you may spend a little more money than you would like, but you really only should use it as a "finishing oil", so you're getting quite a few uses out of it. You only need a little to go a long way. It's a very pungent flavour, and too much can become overkill - and seem like you're trying too hard. Keep it to a light drizzle after the cooking process, and transform your so-so meal into a gourmet dish with just the right amount of pizzazz.
Like quite a few of my salads, just to make them stand out, this one is warm. Given the drastic dip in seasonal temperatures, this salad it perfect for winter. —Ally
organic chick peas, drained and rinsed
red onion, finely chopped
clove garlic, minced
asparagus, woody stems removed, cut into bite-size pieces