Saturday, April 11, 2009

Grilled Asparagus Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Happy Easter, a little bit early! Here is a beautiful salad that would be a great compliment to anyone's holiday meal.
Asparagus seems to be a natural choice right now. It is in season and it is fairly cheap. Plus, it is really pretty and makes for a nice presentation.
Another nice thing is the fact that my kids LOVE it! I have to ration it out, so that everyone has some on their plate, otherwise, it will just disappear!
Back to the salad- The asparagus is marinated with a light vinaigrette, grilled or in my case, I just broiled it, and then served over mixed greens, with more of the Orange vinaigrette.
I reduced the amount of oil in the vinaigrette, just because I think you can always reduce the oil in dressing and it doesn't really affect the taste. I also left off the bacon because I wanted this salad to be fresh and light and bacon doesn't really fit into either of those categories, plus I don't care for it.
So, have a great weekend and enjoy something green, light and fresh!

Grilled Asparagus Salad with Orange Vinaigrette from Southern Living
1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus
1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange rind
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup olive oil (I used about 1/4 cup)
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds mixed gourmet salad greens
6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled (optional) (I opted not to include this)
Garnish: orange rind strips

Snap off tough ends of asparagus; place in a shallow dish.

Whisk together grated rind and next 6 ingredients. Pour one-third of vinaigrette over asparagus; cover and chill 1 hour. Drain. Set aside remaining vinaigrette.
Grill asparagus, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp-tender; cool.
Combine greens, remaining vinaigrette, and, if desired, bacon; place evenly on 6 salad plates. Arrange asparagus over salad. Garnish, if desired.

Coming Monday- Spicy Black Bean Cakes


Risa said...

I love asparagus and this salad looks perfect. I am going to put this on this week's dinner menu.

Kerstin said...

What a lovely side dish - I love all the ingredients in the vinaigrette, it looks delicious!

Kasha said...

I kind of just want to be you! I found this blog through another food blog and I am definitely in love with your creativity. This blog is easy on the eyes. I especially appreciate the asparagus recipe. I am always looking for new ways to cook my favorite vegetable! I am definitely adding this to my blog. Would you please add mine to yours?! Thank you so much!

pinkstripes said...

Sounds wonderful! I've been loving asparagus lately. I've been putting it into everything. YUM.

Aggie said...

We have been eating asparagus almost everyday lately! What a great fresh salad Mare!!

Eliana said...

My boyfriend loves asparagus and this looks like a great spring time recipe for me to make for him.

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I have never love vegetables in any form and any dish. The only thing that it appears on our meal, is that my father is a vegetarian, and he will get angry if I won't have a taste of it. That's the reason why I stay out of home, and just visit them every holidays and thanksgiving.