This is a great way to show-off fresh asparagus and enjoy when it’s in season. The bacon and the grated cheese add just the right amount of saltiness to this salad.
Asparagus Salad with Bacon
Recipe adapted from Applegate Farms
1/4 cup finely grated Romano or other hard cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
2 bunches fresh asparagus, trimmed and woodsy part removed
4 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
8 slices cooked, chopped bacon
A handful of fresh mint leaves
For the dressing:
1 small garlic clove, peeled and minced
Juice of half a lemon, or more if you like
A handful of parsley leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
1. To cook the asparagus, bring a pan of water to a soft boil, add salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add the asparagus, cook for just a couple of minutes to blanch. Remove from heat and drain immediately. Add asparagus to a quick ice bath, drain.
2. In a small mixing bowl add the garlic, parsley and lemon juice. While whisking, add the olive oil in a slow steady stream.
3. Arrange asparagus on a plate or small platter. Drizzle dressing over the asparagus. Grate the cheese and scatter the scallions, bacon and mint leaves. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.