It’s Asparagus Season! After my trip to Florida this month, I came home and recreated a salad I had while dining at a French restaurant, Bistro Chez Jean-Pierre, in Palm Beach. They made the salad on the fly, just for me, when I told them of my food intolerances. The asparagus was crisp tender, and the leafy greens tossed in a vinaigrette where perfect with it. They also brought out a beautiful bowl of fresh berries for me for dessert.
Spring and Summer are the easiest times to eat local, seasonal food, and I like to take advantage of the Farmer’s Markets for sure! Research has proven that nutrients are the most plentiful in produce when it has just been harvested. After it has traveled to the store and sat on the shelves for several days, the nutrient content lessens day by day. (You can read more about this here).
It is such a pretty salad! I hope you give it a try and also take advantage of all the beautiful, locally grown food this time of year. Your body will love you for it!
French Asparagus Salad
10 Asparagus Spears, Snapped at the ends to remove tough portion
2 Cups of Fresh Leafy Salad Greens (You Choose)
1/2 of a Red Bell Pepper, Diced
2 Tablespoons of Sliced Green Onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Teaspoon of Djon Mustard
1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano
1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
1/4 Teaspoon of Dried Parsley
1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons of White Wine Vinegar
1/2 Cup Good Olive Oil
Directions: Whisk the dressing together until emulsified. Refrigerate any leftovers.
To make the salad, steam the asparagus for six minutes until fork tender but not mushy. Immediately move while it is hot to a shallow bowl, and toss with 2 Tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Let this sit for ten minutes to marinate.
Place the two cups of leafy greens in another bowl, and toss with a generous amount of vinaigrette. Arrange the asparagus on two plates evenly in a fan. Add the diced red pepper artfully. Then mound the leafy greens at the end of the spears. Sprinkle with scallions and a little additional salt and pepper.
It is ready to serve!