Spring Lettuce Salad with Roasted Asparagus

Thin is in…. for asparagus, that is. Though I read somewhere recently that its thicker counterpart is more desirous of chefs and actually has more flavor to impart. The objection is that much of the good part is lost when people snap off the fuller stems and throw them out. Sure, you have to use a vegetable peeler to pare down the rough stems a little bit, but you’ll find good stuff underneath, and an attractive product too.

Spring Lettuce Salad with Roasted Asparagus was lifted from Food and Wine. It’s a terribly simple salad with big taste.

Roasted vegetables add so much flavor to every dish, and asparagus are no exception. Topped with olive oil, lemon zest and a sprinkle of kosher salt, these asparagus roast until just tender and the tips turn brown.

Spring lettuces are tossed with a lemony-dijon dressing and then asparagus and shaved Parmesan are added to finish the salad.


I might add that this is a good salad to eat if you’re trying to jump on the thin-is-in bandwagon for the summer bathing suit season. Lighten the dressing with less olive oil and you’ve got a pretty healthy salad too.

Verdict in our family: YUM, YUM, and YUM. We will definitely be making this again.

This salad recipe can be found HERE.

37 Responses to “Spring Lettuce Salad with Roasted Asparagus”

  1. postedMay 12, 2008 9:53 PM
    Laura

    I am drooling on my keyboard… I love asparagus and you take such nice photos. Now I want asparagus with my dinner….

  2. postedMay 12, 2008 10:50 PM
    Sharon

    Yum! Looks light and fresh. Bathing suit season….thanks for the reminder! :)

  3. postedMay 12, 2008 11:06 PM
    Egghead

    It is true that they are good after peeling off that layer but somehow I still love the new tender ones the best. This looks delicious!

  4. postedMay 12, 2008 11:56 PM
    ali

    I love slightly wilted salads. This looks delectable. Anything with asparagus and parmesan together makes me very happy. the lemon-dijon dressing sounds wonderful, too.

  5. postedMay 12, 2008 11:59 PM
    Elle

    oooh, looks delicious! I don’t usually buy asparagus, but I think we’d really love this one!

  6. postedMay 13, 2008 12:42 AM
    Peter M

    I’ve always liked asparagus and cheese shavings on top just make it “all that”!

  7. postedMay 13, 2008 2:43 AM
    cook eat FRET

    a perfect spring salad…

  8. postedMay 13, 2008 4:39 AM
    Tarah

    Asparagus are one of those things that aren’t made to often. Why, I don’t know. I absolutely love asparagus. Looks so light and delicious with this salad :]

  9. postedMay 13, 2008 5:06 AM
    Lina

    What a fresh salad! Nice way to get some more greens into my diet. Asparagus are in season and taste great right now too!

  10. postedMay 13, 2008 5:45 AM
    Lori Lynn

    Can’t go wrong with this one.
    I like the shaved Parm, as opposed to grated – nice touch!

  11. postedMay 13, 2008 6:05 AM
    dessertobsessed

    hahahaha i always crave asparagus after i mass consume cake. must keep this recipe for the next asparagus craving! looks delish!

  12. postedMay 13, 2008 6:50 AM
    noble pig

    I love asparagus and this looks like a keeper recipe.

  13. postedMay 13, 2008 10:21 AM
    Grace

    very nice. simple and delicious.

    random thought: it’s too bad the plural form of “asparagus” isn’t “asparagusses.” that’s just fun to say. you know what is a word, and equally fun to say? asparaginous. seriously. :)

  14. postedMay 13, 2008 12:55 PM
    VeggieGirl

    I actually prefer the thicker stalks of asparagus, but oh well, haha. Thin or thick, you can’t go wrong with roasted asparagus! Yum!

  15. postedMay 13, 2008 12:58 PM
    Leah

    Mmmmm…it’s going to be 70 here today and I’m already thinking of throwing something on the grill tonight for dinner — I even know what one of my sides will be! Thanks, RG!

    I love Food & Wine. Their recipes are always good!

  16. postedMay 13, 2008 1:42 PM
    Prudy

    Looks heavenly, as usual! I’m a huge fan of roasted asparagus.

  17. postedMay 13, 2008 1:53 PM
    Jackie

    That looks absolutely delicious – if there’s still nice asparagus at the market on Thursday I might make this! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting by the way! :)

  18. postedMay 13, 2008 1:55 PM
    familiabencomo

    We LOVE asparagus here! It’s nice to have a new (& easy!) recipe. Thank you, dear. You make it look so pretty too.

    xoxox Amy

  19. postedMay 13, 2008 2:03 PM
    Daziano

    Roasted asparagus!! I love them!!!

  20. postedMay 13, 2008 3:06 PM
    LyB

    Roasting is my favorite way to cook asparagus, I never cook them any other way! Your salad looks delicious!

  21. postedMay 13, 2008 4:40 PM
    Gabi

    I second that Yum Yum Yum! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment on my cake too :)

  22. postedMay 13, 2008 5:30 PM
    Patsyk

    Your asparagus looks so awesome! Wish I had seen some at my market this weekend so I could make this salad. Maybe next week.

  23. postedMay 13, 2008 8:08 PM
    Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

    Love your last photo – it was as if I could pick one and eat it.

  24. postedMay 13, 2008 9:14 PM
    Vicky (victoria sponge)

    Thank you for such an interesting post. I’ll never just snap my asparagus willy nilly again! Lovely slim recipe too!
    Vicky xxx

  25. postedMay 13, 2008 10:34 PM
    Proud Italian Cook

    Love this! and with the cheese shavings it just takes it over the top! I think we were just visiting each others blogs at the same time just now, we seem to be on the same wave length.:) I have been trying to put you in my reader for weeks and I not having any luck, I keep getting different recipe pages but not your blog :( I’ll figure it out!!

  26. postedMay 13, 2008 11:18 PM
    Cyndi L

    I am *so* adding you to my blogroll! This looks great :-)

  27. postedMay 14, 2008 1:26 AM
    Kevin

    Nice looking asparagus salad. Roasting asparagus is one of my favorite ways of preparing it.

  28. postedMay 14, 2008 2:21 AM
    CookiePie

    Delicious AND healthy?? Too good to be true! I think roasting is the best way to cook asparagus by far – and I LOVE the idea of putting it in a salad. Yay spring!

    I think you should try rhubarb – you’d like it! I’ll be happy to share the crumble recipe, if you like.

  29. postedMay 14, 2008 6:33 AM
    sher

    Perfection! I love asparagus, and yours looks beautiful. One can never get enough asparagus (my motto).

  30. postedMay 14, 2008 7:04 AM
    White On Rice Couple

    Mmmm, asparagus is the best! And your spring salad is so perfect for the warmer season now!
    I never knew Chefs are now desiring the thicker stuff. I always thought they like the smaller, more expensive asparagus. Thanks for the great info!

  31. postedMay 14, 2008 9:22 AM
    Anonymous

    I always snap the ends off- hmmm, I’ll have to trim it down a bit next time.

    Pixie

  32. postedMay 15, 2008 5:58 AM
    Nicole

    Looks tasty and healthy! Just what I need. I am all about the olive oil and lemon dressing right now. Yum!

  33. postedMay 15, 2008 7:44 AM
    HoneyB

    Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies (yes mom, I said that!) the salad looks so delicious!

  34. postedMay 19, 2008 2:27 PM
    Amy

    Roasted asparagus is one of my all-time favorite foods…I can almost *taste* how delicious this salad must be!

  35. postedApr 8, 2012 6:39 AM
    Denise

    I made this last night, but am putting it together for an Easter celebration we will be attending today. Should I warm the asparagus up before serving, or should I just serve it on the salad cold? I can’t decide…

    • April 8th, 2012 @ 4:28 PM

      Sorry I’m late! I think cold is fine… let me know what you decided on.

  36. postedApr 9, 2012 7:52 AM
    Denise

    I served the asparagus cold. I was worried it would be mushy the next day, so I roasted it a little less, and it was still firm to the bite. I took it to two different Easter celebrations, and got asked for the recipe at both of them! My mom is still raving about it today! YUM.

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