Sunday, March 13, 2011

Roasted Asparagus Salad

Is it Summer yet?  I am wishing fast and furious for the summer veggies that will be available in abundance, not the heat that will surely wilt me.

In my world there are three key factors that make a salad more than just a salad.  First, the ingredients are fresh.  Second, there is plenty of color.  The health benefits of having a lot of color in your salads, or any dish, is that color is natures way of letting us know that what we are about to eat, is good for us.  And third, the salad is drizzled or tossed lightly with a dressing that did not make its way out of a bottle.

You can add even more color to this salad by roasting squash, zucchini, carrots or other favorite vegetables.


Roasted Asparagus Salad
Makes 8 servings
Recipe idea from Southern Living

Ingredients:
1-1/2 lbs. fresh asparagus
1/2 cup olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 head Bibb lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 avocado, sliced

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus; remove scales with a vegetable peeler, if desired.

2.  Stir together 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1-1/2 teaspoons chopped basil, 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.

3.  Add asparagus to olive oil mixture, and toss gently to coat.  Place asparagus on a lightly greased baking sheet.

4.  Bake asparagus at 425 degrees F. for 13 to 15 minutes or to desired degree of tender ness.  Cool 10 minutes.

5.   Whisk together balsamic vinegar, garlic, and remaining 7 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon basil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

6.  Toss together tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar mixture.

7.  Arrange lettuce on individual serving plates (note: I prefer using a platter to serve salad).  Top with tomato mixture and asparagus.  Add avocado just before serving.  Drizzle with remaining balsamic vinegar mixture.

Enjoy!


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49 comments:

Verde Farm said...

Oh how I love asparagus--this looks wonderful :) I would love to eat dinner at your house lady :)
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Catherine said...

A beautiful presentation and I am sure a delicious salad. Blessings, Catherine

scrambledhenfruit said...

I heart asparagus. Seeing the beautiful colors in your salad are making me wish for spring! It won't be too much longer before asparagus is in season, but we'll have to wait a bit longer for the tomatoes. :)

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

wonderful salad and love your mention of color and health

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

I'm so excited that it is almost Spring and time for fresh asparagus. Yum! This salad looks wonderful and so colorful.

That Girl said...

My salad rules are that a salad should contain a fruit, a cheese, and a nut!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I loveed the way you have arranged. Wonderful and very colorful presentation. Looks so fresh

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Asparagus in salad form is an awesome thing indeed! This looks delicious Velva, I love the bright contrasting colors in this. Delicious!!

Plain Jane said...

How did you know that I just bought a bunch of asparagus? I was just going to roast it, but now I will have to make this salad. It looks great.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Avocado and asparagus, this can only taste exceptional. Yum yum. Diane

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I love my veggies and this salad looks absolutely delicious! We planted an asparagus bed last Spring and this year we'll get to pick a few, and then next year we can pick, pick, pick!

From the Kitchen said...

The thought of having fresh vegetables on their way is warming my heart--and taste buds. Your salad looks like a still life but that wouldn't stop me from digging right in!!

Best,
Bonnie

love lives in the kitchen said...

i just love asparagus! thank you for sharing and wish you a sweet day!
justyna

Angie's Recipes said...

I love this salad! I am jealous that you already have green asparagus there...Looks so great!

Michael Toa said...

It's definitely not summer yet here in the North East of England. Still chilly.
And oh my, that platter looks absolutely delicious. Such beautiful presentation.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

This is my kind of salad and I totally agree with all three, especially the homemade vinaigrette. Stunning presentation.
Sam

Barbara said...

What a beautiful salad, Velva! I agree....color, freshness and a homemade vinaigrette equals perfection. Amazing presentation!

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Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I love. love. love. roasted asparagus!! And, I know all the other vegetables and the dressing will only enhance the flavor!! YUM!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

It's like a work of art! YES, YES, YES to color! I, too am counting the days until summer veggies!

Design Wine and Dine said...

How beautiful is this salad?! I can taste it from here! I thought I saw some avocado on that plate and I did!!!! A salad that eats like a meal - love it!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a beautiful salad! I can't wait to buy the first asparagus of the season.

Cheers,

Rosa

tasteofbeirut said...

wonderful colorful bright cheerful salad! it says "summer is here" in just one look. BEt tastes great too.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

With the longer days, I have great hopes that the season is on the way! This is such a lovely salad and how perfect it would be served alongside a grilled steak for the first al fresco dinner of the season!

Lea Ann said...

Beautiful salad Velva. I agree on the reasons for loving salad. Fresh, delicious and healthy. I never worry about the dressing contents as long as I'm getting the benefits from that beautiful produce. I'm a wilter in the heat and I live in Colorado. Can't imagine your heat/humidity combo.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I never realized until recently how good roasted vegetables really are!

Very, very pretty.

TKW said...

Wow! That is a thing of beauty! My mouth is watering just looking at it!

Elisabeth said...

Oh my...what a gorgeous platter of salad. It should be framed, and not eaten...LOL, but than who would end up eating it?
I want to whole platter!
Sign of spring, although we have been experiencing spring here in S. Florida, since the last couple months, and dive right into summer, by May!
Thanks for sharing such a lovely and delicious asparagus platter!

Susi said...

Velva, the presentation for this salad is beautiful! This would be gone in no time in our house. I agree that a colorful salad along with a home made dressing are key. Makes my mouth water and wish I had a big plate of this for lunch :o)

doggybloggy said...

HELLO SPRINGTIME - that salad put me in a better mood just looking at it.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

My, love the colorful platter! So Healthy and delicious-looking!

teresa said...

that's so gorgeous, i love all the colors. asparagus is fantastic!

nanny said...

That is a gorgeous salad!!! I don't think it would serve 8 if I was at the table/ha Yum.Yum!

5 Star Foodie said...

Very nice! This reminds me that spring is now around the corner :)

Katerina said...

As the spring approaches really quickly here this salad is ideal! Beautiful colors!

Joanne said...

I LOVE asparagus and am always happy to find new ways to use it! This salad looks delicious...the perfect way to eat the rainbow!

We Are Not Martha said...

Wow, this is SO beautiful and actually has me super excited for summer :) I just placed an order with Peapod and ordered a ton of avocados because they make me happy for summer :)

Sues

Cooking Gallery said...

This salad looks gorgeous, Velva! Such a delight to the eyes :).

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this looks amazing! love how fresh everything looks! thank you for sharing this.

Raina said...

I am so needing summer to come soon and to eat more healthy foods like your beautiful, colorful salad:)

ann@ Apples and Twinkies said...

What a beautiful healthy salad. I can just imagine how great it tastes!

Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook said...

We have been enjoying asparagus like crazy in our home and now I have another recipe to try. Thank you for sharing and your photos are gorgeous as usual.

Chef E said...

I'd like a seat at the table please...too late? Heh!

Stella said...

That salad is really beautiful, Velva! And I agree with your three prerequisites for a great salad:)
p.s. Congrats on winning over at Barbara's place-that's fun...

Chris said...

Oh my lord that is a gorgeous salad! The color just jumps off the plate, great dish and photo, Velva! I can feel the summer from here.

Nuts about food said...

That is one amazing looking salad. I love asparagus and now I am really looking forward to them showing up at the market. Thanks for the inspiration!

Vickie said...

My-oh-my am I in love with this beautiful salad!! Makes my mouth water, Velva. Very nice picture, too. :)

mangiabella said...

Velva I love this salad and I know it will be come a permanent part of my salad repertoire!! I'm thrilled to re-post this delicious recipe and direct my readers your way....your presentation is fabulous!

Magic of Spice said...

Just gorgeous! Came over from Magiabella to see her inspiration...lovely!

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