Recipes: Fresh Asparagus Salad

Posted at 12:41 PM, Apr 12, 2013


By cyclonebill [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

1 pound very fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed

2 large shallots, minced

3 tablespoons tarragon flavored white vinegar

1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/4 cup hazelnut or walnut oil

4 cups mixed fresh lettuce

1/2 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts or walnuts

1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese

Fill a pot that will fit the asparagus with water and bring to a boil.  Add 1 teaspoon salt.  Have a bowl of ice water ready by the stove.  Plunge the asparagus in the boiling water and cook for about 4 minutes or until crisp tender.  Remove and place in the ice water to chill.  Drain and dry the asparagus.

Meanwhile, whisk the shallots with the vinegar, tarragon, and mustard in a bowl.  Drizzle in the oil while whisking.  Toss the lettuce with some of the dressing and place on a platter. Top with the asparagus, more dressing, cheese and nuts.  Serve.