Preparation / Directions:
Whisk mayonnaise, lemon juice, tomato paste, shallot, Dijon mustard and pepper in medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. (Can be prepared 3 days ahead.)
Cook asparagus in large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.
Transfer to bowl of ice water and cool. Drain and pat dry. mix crabmeat into mayonnaise. Season to taste with salt.
Arrange 1 lettuce leaf on each plate. Top with asparagus. Spoon crabmeat mayonnaise over and serve.
Bon Appetit, April, 1991.