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

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
Freshly ground pepper
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.

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