Spring Lettuce Salad with Roasted Asparagus

When it’s spring- and asparagus are everywhere and affordable, this is the salad to try!

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Spring Lettuce Salad w/ Roasted Asparagus

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 8 min

I've made variations of this before, and it is really delicious. Normally a fan of very firm asparagus either steamed or sauteed, this method really brings out a lot more flavor.

Ingredients:

1 pound asparagus
1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
10 ounces mixed greens
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved into curls with a vegetable peeler

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss asparagus with 1 Tablespoon of the oil and the lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Roast the asparagus for about 8 minutes, until just tender and the tips begin to turn brown.

2. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the mustard and the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

3. In a large bowl, toss the lettuces with all but 2 Tablespoons of the dressing. Arrange the salad on plates and top with the roasted asparagus and cheese curls. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the asparagus and serve.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (via Food and Wine)