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Asparagus and Cucumber Salad Recipe

Perfectly Seasonal: Asparagus, Scallion, and Cucumber Salad

With all the green around you right now, give this very Springy salad a chance: a bed of asparagus, topped with cucumbers, scallions, and a zippy Dijon dressing is bound to make you fall in love with the season if you haven't already.

This is a perfect picnic or party salad, since the the dressing, asparagus, and green onions can be prepared a day in advance, provided they're stored separately before being quickly assembled. The finished salad is a hearty side dish that could easily double as a meal for two. Get the recipe for this crunchy green salad when you keep reading.

Asparagus, Scallion, and Cucumber Salad

Asparagus, Scallion, and Cucumber Salad

Asparagus, Scallion, and Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

Dressing
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3/4 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salad
2 pounds medium asparagus, trimmed
2 cups thinly sliced green onions
2 cups 1/4-inch cubes peeled seeded Kirby or English hothouse cucumbers
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon

Directions

  1. For dressing: Whisk first 5 ingredients in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil.
  2. For salad: Fill large bowl with lightly salted ice water; stir until salt dissolves. Cook asparagus in large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain, reserving 3 cups cooking liquid.
  3. Transfer asparagus to bowl of salted ice water to cool.
  4. Place green onions in another large bowl; pour hot reserved asparagus cooking liquid over onions and let stand until cool, about 30 minutes. Drain asparagus and green onions well. Transfer onions to clean kitchen towel and squeeze dry.
  5. Combine green onions, cucumbers, and herbs in mixing bowl. Add dressing; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Arrange asparagus on platter. Spoon cucumber mixture over and serve.

Serves 6-8 as a side salad.

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Assistant-Community-Manager Assistant-Community-Manager 3 years
Holy deliciousness!  Perfect spring/summer salad!
andrennabird andrennabird 5 years
I guess we can't post photos on this thread. Here's the link. http://i50.tinypic.com/2w39yep.jpg
andrennabird andrennabird 5 years
thanks for posting this recipe! i used it to make my own variation for lunch! i changed the recipe because i wanted it to be a meal and i wanted to use what i had on hand. so i used spiralized zucchini instead of cucumbers, and topped it with a poached egg. i snapped a quick iphone pic before i ate it! [IMG]http://i50.tinypic.com/2w39yep.jpg[/IMG]
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
that really is a GREEN salad - and one that i'd like to try making some time. :) thanks for sharing this one
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Hmmm too much green for me...pass.
emalove emalove 7 years
Wow--this looks fabulous!
True-Song True-Song 7 years
That looks awesome. Planning my menu for the week, I was also looking to be healthy, healthy, healthy to make up for Sunday's embarrassing gorge.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 7 years
I would eat it if it didn't have the scallions on it. Love asparagus and cucumbers though.
wren1 wren1 7 years
Thanks, Yum! :)
amyinthesky amyinthesky 7 years
wow!! what a great salad! i love everything in this salad and the combo with the dressing sounds scrumptious. and your aerolatte is so cool! what kinds of things do you use your aerolatte for besides whisking dressings? can you use it to make whipped cream?
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
It looks nice, but not at ALL in season.
Food Food 7 years
Wren, it is an aerolatte! It is super handy for salad dressings and it's original intention making frothy milk for coffee!
lily_xx lily_xx 7 years
This looks really refreshing.
wren1 wren1 7 years
I will be making this for sure. What's that tool being used to blend the dressing?
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