Asparagus Salad

So fresh and tasty

This is a really easy dish to make. The great thing about it is that anything can go in it along with the asparagus. I have used olives, fresh tomatoes, cucumber as well as many leftover roasted vegetables before. Anything that tastes good cold and tossed with oil and vinegar will work. Use a medium quality dry sherry for the dressing, I like Osborne.

Β Cold Asparagus Salad

  • 1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 small onion diced fine
  • 1 yellow pepper diced medium fine
  • 1/8 cup Olive oil
  • 1/8 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup dry sherry
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • Salt/pepper

Parboil asparagus in salted water until tender crisp. I like to add the bottoms first and cook for one minute then add the tips and cook one minute more. This keeps the tips from getting mushy while the thicker ends cook. Strain asparagus and dunk in ice water to stop the cooking process. Strain and place asparagus in a bowl with other vegetables. In a small bowl mix oil, vinegar, sherry, garlic, and basil well. Pour dressing over vegetables and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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48 Responses to Asparagus Salad

  1. Lauren says:

    Looks delicious! I can’t wait until we start getting asparagus…

  2. This makes me so excited for asparagus season!

  3. rutheh says:

    When I see asparagus, I think Spring!
    Thank you.

  4. I made oven roasted asparagus tonight so this must be asparagus Sunday! There are great bunches of asparagus in the market right now and the prices are very good so I think I will try your recipe later in the week. Tasty!

  5. Kristy says:

    My parents would just love this! Maybe this will be the next dish I make for them. They were big fans of your last dish I made for them. πŸ˜‰

  6. I’m so happy asparagus is coming back in season. Love them prepared like this, or even julienned raw over a salad!

  7. spree says:

    Such a fresh and springy salad! and such a good-looker too!

  8. De-lic-ious!
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  9. I like the flavor combination. It sounds really fresh and slightly tangy.

  10. rsmacaalay says:

    I love this salad, the sweet taste of this will be perfect for grilled meats

  11. Purely.. Kay says:

    I don’t normally eat a lot of asparagus.. but this just looks divine. I will most certainly love to try this.

  12. Tandy says:

    sounds so summery! I have loved your recipes this weekend – I have installed a reader on my playbook, so I can keep up, even though I am not commenting πŸ™‚

  13. Very much looking forward to the asparagus season here so that I can try this out.

  14. Alli says:

    Looks beautiful an fresh.

  15. Beautiful, asparagus is just starting to appear here…yay!

  16. ChgoJohn says:

    A great recipe and perfectly timed. With asparagus soon to return, I’m on the look out for new ways to prepare them. You can never have too many!

  17. BrainRants says:

    Though asparagus is a vegetable I am not a fan of, I’d try this.

  18. Karen says:

    Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. I love its bright green color on a plate.

  19. This is also great with leftover roasted asparagus – if you ever have any!

  20. TasteFood says:

    Asparagus are showing up in the markets now. Perfect timing.

  21. nrhatch says:

    Asparagus rocks! πŸ˜€

  22. That looks great! I love the sherry addition.

  23. It looks beautiful, I love asparagus!

  24. Ooooo, ooooo, ooooh, this is another one of yours I’m going to have to try as asparagus comes into season. I loved those tomatoes with herbs and sherry you posted last year and so I know this will be terrific!

  25. We had asparagus on Friday night, I made it the way you suggested with the lemon slices on the BBQ, and it was fantastic. This one looks yummy too. I can hardly wait for local asparagus.

  26. Looks and sounds amazing! Fresh asparagus is delicious.

  27. I’m throwing in pancetta crumbles for this recipe. It looks great!

  28. alex says:

    that looks fabulous, what a great colour. The mix of asparagus and pepper will mean its really nutritious.

  29. aFrankAngle says:

    I love asparagus – but it makes my urine smell.

  30. i have never done an asparagus salad before but you betcha I am doing one now- this week to be exact. We love asparagus and what a great new creative way to eat it

  31. Courtney says:

    We’re just starting to see some asparagus around here, so this is perfect!

  32. Love a good leftover fresh veg salad, and sherry dressing? Perfect!

  33. Hotly Spiced says:

    That looks beautiful and what a pretty colour! That would be the perfect salad for dinner tonight as we’re all sweltering here in Sydney. Your salad looks light and very refreshing.

  34. nancyc says:

    I just love asparagus…this salad sounds so good!

  35. Jessica says:

    So pretty and sounds very refreshing!

  36. This is making me yearn for spring! (It snowed here yesterday. I know it’s Canada, and it didn’t stick, but seriously… we actually barely ever get snow!)

  37. lisahudson says:

    This is so simple and sounds amazingly delicious. Will have to try it!!

  38. Sounds really tasty, and I do enjoy cold asparagus, not sure why I don’t eat it that way more often…

  39. zestybeandog says:

    My thoughts exactly… so fresh and tasty looking!

  40. Caroline says:

    Looks so healthy and delicious!

  41. karencooking says:

    It’s almost time for asparagus! Can’t wait!

  42. spicegirlfla says:

    I’ve been soo behind on my blog reading…and see what happens….I just used my asparagus up last night and could have made this! I like to have prepped food like this in my fridge and had not thought to use asparagus in this way. Great recipe!

  43. There is nothing as good as fresh asparagus. We love it and this looks so good. Wish I had an asparagus bed at my house.

  44. Stef says:

    Your asparagus looks so bright and fresh! Yum.

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