Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spring Salad (not art - or is it?)

Asparagus Salad (yummy)
Yes, I know this is supposed to be an art blog, but I just couldn't resist posting this one. After all....food preparation is an art form isn't it? Spring has finally arrived and asparagus is in season. The dressing on this salad is to die for. I make it and then eat half the dressing (to test it of course) before it gets to the salad!

1 lb of fresh thin asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces (give or take) I'm guessing that much...I use 1 1/2 bunches sold in the store.
1 cup of sliced English cucumber (I leave the skin on)
3 green onions sliced or 1/2 small onion sliced into rings
1/4 to 1/3 cup fresh ground Parmesan cheese (or to your taste)

dressing:

2tbsp Dijon mustard (less if you aren't a Dijon mustard fan)
2 tbsp white sugar
2 tbsp rice vinegar (you can use white vinegar, but I like the mildness of the rice vinegar)
1 tsp dry mustard
4 tbsp vegetable oil (I use canola)
1/4 cup fresh dill weed

cook the asparagus for about 2 minutes, rinse in cold water to cool. Drain well
when cool add sliced cucumber, onion, and cheese chill for at least one hour

whisk the dressing together....chill at least 1 hour.

Just before serving add the dressing to salad, salt and pepper and toss. Enjoy

9 comments:

Marlene said...

It looks divine, and yes food is an art form! I make an asparagus salad with an orange vinegarette that is to die for also.

Daisy Soap Girl said...

Looks and sounds delicious! Of course this is ART! Not only the food but the photograph itself.

Anne said...

Dear Leola,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing the "Rainbow Bridge" with me...(what a wonderful teacher!)~ I can't tell you enough what it means to me...(made me cry, but because it is so joyous!)...Thank you ♥

(Fabulous salad, too, BTW ~ yes, I think it is Art!)

And, I am now a Follower!
Best,
Anne

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Oh yum! I'll have to try this!

I'm still trying to catch up on my blogging after losing White Socks last week. Even tho she was old, it still hurts.

DEB said...

I'm coming over for lunch...Set me a plate! Can we have some chardonnay with the salad? Thanks!

Leola - Southshoreartist said...

Let's skip the salad and just have the chardonnay :)

Pencil Sanity said...

This salad sounds wonderful. I think I will have to give this a try sometime. It would also make a lovely drawing ref. just showing the salad. LOL

Anonymous said...

Leola, beautiful presentation and thanks for the inspiration. This looks do-able, even for a non cook like me ;-) Patricia (Lotsa Salsa)

Doreen said...

Yes I agree with you that food preparation is an art form Lee. Gotta try your recipe, sounds delicious : ) Thanks!