This simple salad showcases fresh spring asparagus with a simple dressing, some bacon and eggs. It is a great way to celebrate the simplicity of spring.
Spring has arrived and we are serving it in this pretty salad bowl. Tender crisp asparagus is the star of the show. Of course a little bacon in the mix helps to make it interesting.
A few hard boiled eggs and a simple homemade salad dressing tie it all together. This makes a for a fun salad course, as tasty side dish or I wouldn’t blame you if you made a meal of it!
One thing I always look forward to as spring rolls around is fresh asparagus. It is so good and so much better when it is in season locally. I love it roasted so much that I normally make more than my fair share of it that way.
Of course I grill a bunch or two and usually end up with some in a cheesy tart but a good ninety percent of the asparagus I buy ends up tossed in olive oil, dusted with salt and pepper and roasted. This year I vowed to try a few new things and I am so happy I did.
The asparagus we had in our Parmesan Polenta Brunch Bowls was so delicious. I loved it, but I wanted to push the boundaries a bit further.
I couldn’t think of a time I had made an asparagus salad, so I thought I’d give it a try. I riffed on a few of my other favorite spring salads.
I love a good spinach salad with eggs and bacon and that slightly sweet dressing. I also love wilted lettuce this time of year with those same flavor profiles. So I thought it would be fun to play with those flavors and asparagus.
Rather than using ketchup or sugar for that bit of sweet, I added a few drops of maple syrup. There is nothing that can replace that good old bacon flavor, so I crumbled up some of the good stuff.
And speaking of good stuff, I happened to have some of MiMi’s farm fresh eggs in the refrigerator. This salad pretty much built itself from there.
My husband was skeptical at first. Room temperature asparagus topped with hard boiled eggs seemed a bit foreign. However two bites in and he was on board.
I love that even when he isn’t so sure he is honest enough to tell me but also open minded enough to try it anyway. He usually never minces word, so he is handy to have around.
Have you ever tried an asparagus salad? If so what flavors do you like?
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoon maple syrup
- 5 slices crisp bacon, crumbled
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- Steam or microwave the asparagus for just a couple of minutes. You want to soften it just a bit, but still have a bit of crunch. Rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process and then set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together the Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and syrup.
- Toss the asparagus in the dressing and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Top with crumbled bacon and sliced eggs.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 264mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.