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!

56 thoughts on “Asparagus Salad with Bacon

  1. 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.

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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.

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  5. 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

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  6. 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!

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  7. 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

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  8. 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:)

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  9. 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!

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  10. 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

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  11. 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!

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