Parmesan Asparagus Salad is beautiful and delicious for spring and summer. It’s made with a handful of simple ingredients and overflows with flavor!You know how you can’t stop eating a bowl of chocolate-covered pretzels? (I can only assume that happens to you, too.)
Well, have you ever been served a salad you simply can’t stop eating — in the same way?! This happens to me with both sweet and savory foods — and trust me, it’s better if it’s this salad than the pretzels! 😉
I promise you, you’ll experience that with this Parmesan Asparagus Salad!
How to a Use Asparagus in a Salad
- Trim and peel the asparagus (if it’s tough).
- Steam the asparagus until it’s tender.
- Then “shock” it in ice water. This helps it keep its bright green color and stops the cooking process.
- When it’s cool, drain and dry it. Now it’s ready to be added to a salad.
Every bite of this asparagus Parmesan salad is a beautiful combination of textures and flavors– crisp, crunchy, soft, sweet, salty and tangy.
Recipe Tips for Parmesan Asparagus Salad
- It’s not a must, but I usually peel the asparagus, because often times the outer layer can be tough. (When the spears are skinny, you don’t need to worry about this.)
- If you’re making this salad last minute, you can use thinly sliced red onion or shallots. I love them pickled, but you’ll have a tasty salad either way.
Asparagus Parmesan Salad with Pickled Shallots is great as a first course, but also substantial enough to serve as an entrée salad.
This salad is beautiful and delicious for spring and summer. It's made with a handful of simple ingredients and overflows with flavor!
Please note that the prep time does not include making the Lime Pickled Shallots, which should be made at least 1 day ahead.
- 3/4 pound asparagus
- 3 ounces mixed baby greens, washed and dried
- 3/4 cup Lime-Pickled Shallots, drained
- 3/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons lime juice, (from shallot marinade if you have it)
- 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
- 1-1/2 teaspoons honey
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Cut the tough bottom portion off of the asparagus spears -- this is usually about 3-inches or so. Then peel the asparagus and set up a steamer on the stove with water just beneath the rack. Bring the water in the steamer to a boil and place the peeled asparagus spears on the rack and cover. Steam until tender, about 6 minutes. Drain the asparagus and "shock" it by placing it in a bowl of ice-water for about 3 minutes. This will stop it from cooking any further and help to keep the bright color. Then cut the spears in half, both vertically and horizontally.
In a large mixing or serving bowl, toss the asparagus with the greens, shallots and cheese. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the lime juice with the mustard, honey and salt. Gradually whisk in the olive oil and season to taste with the pepper and more salt if necessary.
Toss the salad with the dressing and serve at once!
My favorite way to make salad dressing is in a jar. Simply add all of the ingredients, put the lid on, and shake!
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