Spring is finally here, and with it comes the opportunity to enjoy all the colourful and delicious veggies of the season. If you're looking for an easy and tasty way to highlight the beauty of spring produce, look no further than this asparagus spring mix salad! The best part about this salad is that it's simple to make, and it's packed with flavour.
You'll start by shaving thin ribbons of asparagus, which adds a delightful crunch to the salad. Then, you'll combine the asparagus with a mixture of spring mix lettuce, Parmesan cheese, and chopped walnuts, all topped off with a tangy vinaigrette dressing made from olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, and garlic.
So whether you're planning for a special occasion or just looking for a delicious and healthy meal, this asparagus spring mix salad is sure to please.
Spring mix salad with asparagus
Asparagus is a delicious and nutritious vegetable that adds flavour to any recipe. Its unique texture is versatile and can be used in salads, soups, stir-fries, and more. In this blog post, we’ll cover how to make the perfect spring mix asparagus salad!
With this asparagus salad, no cooking or steaming is required! Simply wash the asparagus spears, snap off the tough ends and discard. You might be nervous about adding raw asparagus to a spring salad, but the secret is to shave the asparagus really thin. These ribbons of asparagus create a sweet crunch in the salad.
No salad dressing with 10 ingredients over here. This simple salad dressing only needs olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey and garlic. Mix all these ingredients in a bowl or shake it up in a mason jar.
So let's start making this salad recipe, you need 1 pound of trimmed asparagus spears. Using a vegetable peeler, set the stalk of asparagus on a cutting board and slid the peeler from the root to the tip, creating ribbons of asparagus, then add the ribbons into a bowl.
Now it’s time to assemble your salad! In a large bowl combine 3 cups of spring mix lettuce, and add in your ribbons of asparagus, you can also add some avocado for extra creaminess. Drizzle in your homemade salad dressing and toss to evenly distribute all those citrusy goodness. To serve this dish up nicely you can sprinkle each salad generously with freshly shaved Parmesan cheese and top it off with chopped walnuts.
Enjoy this versatile dish at lunch or dinner. It makes a light and refreshing lunch on its own or can be paired with a protein like grilled chicken or fish for a more substantial meal. Asparagus salad also makes a great side dish for dinner, complementing a variety of main dishes such as roasted pork, steak, or baked salmon. Its fresh and zesty flavours pair well with a range of cuisines, from Mediterranean to Asian-inspired dishes. You can enjoy this recipe as a main dish or a side.
Now, we didn't just leave you with just a recipe! We want to inspire not just your plate but your table. How can you add a little spring to your table setting?
Using a neutral tablecloth, add in some splashes of colour with sage green napkins and a runner set. Dress up your table with spring flowers in the season like hyacinths, tulips and daffodils. No florist skills are required here, just bundle one single type of flower into your favourite vase. Now that you have everything in place and the asparagus spring mix salad ready to be served, it's time to enjoy with family and friends!
Asparagus Spring Mix Salad Recipe
For the Dressing:
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1/2 lemon - juiced
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 clove garlic- minced
- Salt and black pepper
For the Salad:
- 1 lb large asparagus -woody ends trimmed
- 3 cups of spring mix salad
- 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
- Use a vegetable peeler to shave the asparagus. Lay an asparagus spear flat on a cutting board. Starting at the bottom end, use the peeler to shave it into long thin strips or ribbons. For smaller pieces that can't be shaved, just cut really thin with a knife.
- Add the spring mix salad to a bowl with asparagus and toss together. Add the shaved Parmesan cheese, and walnuts. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over the salad and gently toss. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve the salad immediately.
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