Sunday, June 6, 2010

Asparagus Salad with Bacon

This is a great way to show-off fresh asparagus and enjoy when it's in season.  The bacon and the grated cheese add just the right amount of saltiness to this salad.


Asparagus Salad with Bacon
Serves 4
Recipe adapted from Applegate Farms


Ingredients:
1/4 cup finely grated Romano or other hard cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
2 bunches fresh asparagus, trimmed and woodsy part removed
4 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
8 slices cooked, chopped bacon
A handful of fresh mint leaves

For the dressing:
1 small garlic clove, peeled and minced
Juice of half a lemon, or more if you like
A handful of parsley leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

Directions:
1.  To cook the asparagus, bring a pan of water to a soft boil, add salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add the asparagus, cook for just a couple of minutes to blanch.  Remove from heat and drain immediately. Add asparagus to a quick ice bath, drain.

2.  In a small mixing bowl add the garlic, parsley and lemon juice.  While whisking, add the olive oil in a slow steady stream.

3.  Arrange asparagus on a plate or small platter.  Drizzle dressing over the asparagus. Grate the cheese and scatter the scallions, bacon and mint leaves.   Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Enjoy!


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56 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

500 grams of green asparagus cost 5 Euros here
:-(((( Too damn expensive.
This looks so yummilicious! Love the simple tangy dressing with a touch of garlic...just right for the summer.

Angie's Recipes said...

The new design on the right column looks so nice.

Bo said...

I love asparagus...this sounds like a great recipe.

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

I've never tried bacon with asparagus - but bacon makes anything (even perfect asparagus) taste better!

Ana Powell said...

Delicious way to present asparagus ♥

Kevin said...

This would be a really nice way to enjoy some asparagus!

Sugarplum Kawaii said...

This dish looks and sounds delicious... i've never thought of eating asparagus with a sprinkling of mint...intriguing!

Julie said...

This looks delicious. Bacon, of course, makes everything better! The new header & fonts look great!

Pam said...

This looks so great! Asparagus is one great thing that springtime brings us. It looks delicious on your unique dish, excellent photo! Thanks for the recipe!

Susan Fields said...

Yum - asparagus and bacon are two of my favorite things! This looks delicious.

Claudia said...

The bacon is a welcome addition - I do asparagus with cheese but never with bacon. This will be a very tasty way to use up the spring harvest.

Raina said...

Sounds wonderful! I love asparagus and am always looking for new ways to prepare it. This is definitely a really good one:)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a great combination of flavors! I could probably eat the whole plate myself.

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Dishesdone said...

Looks so fresh and so good! Delicious flavor combination!

Dishesdone said...

Meant to also say that your blog looks great!

Laura in Paris said...

I love asparagus, this combination of bacon and cheese sounds delicious.

Jen_from_NJ said...

I just love fresh asparagus and you know that bacon and cheese make everything better! I like the addition of fresh herbs as well.

My Little Space said...

I love asparagus and these look really yummy! Hope I can get some great fresh looking asparagus here. Normally, I can only get the tiny skinny one! Not so nice at all. Hope you're having a wonderfu day!
Cheers, Kristy

buffalodick said...

Match made in Heaven...

Fresh Local and Best said...

I like the combination of fresh herbs, salty, and zesty. I will have to try this dressing.

Faith said...

I love the addition of bacon and cheese -- I bet it adds so much flavor to the lovely asparagus!

Sandi said...

that looks great!! and I love the new look of your blog....really nice Velva

Pierre said...

thanks Velva we have plenty pf green asparagus here in france it is delicious !! Pierre

Barbara said...

Asparagus is wonderful right now, Velva! What a perfect salad. Of course, adding bacon makes everything better! :) Love the simple dressing and the cheese on top of it all!

Lea Ann said...

Another bookmarked! This looks like a great flavor combination. I love that plate by the way.

From the Kitchen said...

I think that the asparagus section in my cooking file is by far the largest and I love to keep adding recipes. I was able to pick up another three pounds at the farmers' market Saturday. I turned some into asparagus pesto for the freezer and am going to use your recipe for tonight's asparagus. Thanks!

Best,
Bonnie

Chef Aimee said...

MMM...bacon is one way to get me to finish all my veggies on the plate! :) Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

Chris said...

Bacon and asparagus, what's not to love? Nice photo too.

Big Boys Oven said...

wow this is truly exciting way to have asparagus done! I just fall for it anytime and anywhere! :)

tasteofbeirut said...

The touch of bacon is a brilliant idea to give the asparagus some oomph!

Mags said...

Beautiful asparagus... and you can't go wrong with the addition of the bacon. Looks delicious!

Sook said...

Asparagus is great with bacon! Love this recipe.

Sophie said...

A stunning green asparagus dish!!

A real delightful meal!

I also love the new look on your blog!! Really beautiful!!

Katy ~ said...

Looks so bright and fresh. I could eat that whole portion by myself, grins.

Kim said...

I love your plate, Velva! I've never had cheese with asparagus, but I'm all for it. Sounds like a flavorful salad with the cheese, bacon and zippy dressing. I could definitely scarf down my fair share:)

The Japanese Redneck said...

A wonderful side dish to any meal. Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies.

Luv me some bacon and cheese too!

Karen Harris said...

All my favorites in one dish! Thanks for the recipe Velva.

Yiota said...

This is one recipe I'd love to try. I love all the basic ingredients.
PS. Thanks for stopping by and showed me the way to your wonderful blog!

Ingrid said...

I love your new look, Velva!
~ingrid

Marguerite said...

Love asparagus and this dish and the dressing look yum-o-licious!

Hungry Dog said...

I support any salad that has bacon as a main ingredient.

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Looks so delicious!!

Foodessa said...

I remember when I could not confront these green spears. I had not known what to do with them so I just passed them by and moved on to other veggie choices.
I missed out on so many years of its enjoyment.
Once I challenged myself...I no longer looked back. Now those elegant greens embellish our plates and satisfy my palette at least once a week ;o)
I really appreciate how you have jazzed them up with such incredible aromatic additions.
BTW...thanks so much for your first visit. It gave me a chance to discover you and I'll be following from now on.
Flavourful wishes, Claudia

lostpastremembered said...

I've never done bacon with asparagus.. it looks like a great combination and that photo... wow they look perfect!

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds terrific with the addition of bacon!

Devon said...

Velva,
I haven't been by in awhile. I love the new blog layout and logo. Very cool!

Chef E said...

Oh YUM, you have done it again, made me hungry! for bacon too, lol! I just made maple brown sugar bacon dipped in chocolate, in homemade ice cream for a wine tasting!

TKW said...

You had me at bacon! Delicious, scrumptious pig!

Juliana said...

Velva, love the idea of adding bacon...nice presentation as well :-)

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog said...

Velva thanks for sharing this beautiful asparagus salad and for sure taste excellent with bacon :)

All the best,

Gera

Chow and Chatter said...

looks great and love the new look of your blog Rebecca

The Absence of Alternatives said...

LOVE the new look of the website! So summer-y and delicious looking!

And you know the best thing about this recipe? I think I can actually follow it and make it! Yeah!

Mimi said...

I love your new look and this recipe.
Mimi

Sage said...

I am always looking for anew way to serve my asparagus and this looks so good.
Rita

bellini valli said...

This recipe caught my eye as I was scrolling Velva because I have all tyhe ingredients and local asparagus calling my name.

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