Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Strawberry Asparagus Spring Salad #fantasticalfoodfight



I've never been one to make a particular planned tossed salad - salad is some lettuce and whatever you have on hand to go with it, right?  So, when I signed up for May's salad-themed Fantastical Food Fight, I didn't have anything in mind - I'd just knew there would be several salads showing up on our table, and one of them would be the right one to share.

Check the link up below to see the salads everyone shared!
For the past several weeks, we've been getting a weekly delivery of local fresh produce from the Virginia-based company, Seasonal Roots, so we've been enjoying their fresh, in-season bounty quite a bit.  A couple weeks ago, along with some potatoes, radishes and fresh herbs, my box had a large basket of gorgeous ripe strawberries, some fat succulent asparagus, and a big bag of spring lettuce mix.

I'd found my salad.

I added pan seared salmon to this to make it a main dish salad - that could be switched with steak slices, chicken, or left off entirely. 

No matter how you do it, if your produce is as flavorful and fresh as mine was, this is a salad you will dream of after you've had it.

Strawberry Asparagus Salad
Serves 2 with leftover salad

1 bunch fat asparagus
Olive Oil
Coarse salt

Spring lettuce mix, washed and chopped
1 pint fresh strawberries
1/2 cup feta cheese

2 salmon filets
olive oil
Pepper, Salt
Lemon juice

Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/2 cup olive oil
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. Dijon mustard
Pepper, Salt, garlic powder

Prepare the asparagus by snapping or trimming the woody ends.  Cut into inch-long pieces and lay in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, turning the asparagus to coat.  Sprinkle with coarse salt.

Roast asparagus at 400F for about 20 minutes, or until tender to taste.  Set aside to cool.

While asparagus is cooking, de-stem and slice strawberries into a bowl, set aside. (If yours aren't very sweet a small sprinkle of sugar can be added but don't be heavy handed with it.)

Wash lettuce, and put into a large bowl.

To make the dressing, use a jar, combining all ingredients and shaking well before serving.  I have a jar with markings for several dressing formulas for dressings around the sides and it makes my life very easy.

Sear the salmon in a hot skillet with olive oil, beginning skin side down and seasoned with salt and pepper. When the salmon is opaque and flaky, give it a squirt of lemon and remove from heat.

To plate the salad, place some lettuce in each bowl, top with a generous serving of asparagus, then strawberry slices, then feta cheese. End with some pieces of salmon.

Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette to taste.



Swoon.

Let's see what wonderful salads others are bringing to this food fight!

15 comments:

  1. Strawberries, Asparagus and Salmon....now THERE is a Spring Salad for you. OHMYYUM!!

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  2. Perfect ingredients for spring!

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  3. I could eat this for dinner all summer long. Wonderful main course salad!

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  4. Yum! I love specialty salads and make them quite often. This sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  5. I've never tried salmon with my salad! It must be delicious!! =)

    Melanie || Toots + Dill Blog

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  6. This looks amazing and perfect for summer!

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  7. What a great combination of ingredients! I shouts SPRING! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party - Have a great week ahead.

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  8. Strawberries, feta, and balsamic is a combination I have wanted to try for forever! Love that there is asparagus in this too. YUM.

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  9. Your Salad looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. Looks and sounds great! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!
    Kim

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  11. Sounds yummy! I love a fabulous salad :) Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy!!

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  12. What a lovely combination of flavours in a seriously healthy salad! Thank you so much for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

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  13. I love Salmon, asparagus and strawberries, so I think that it would be impossible to go wrong with this salad. Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays link party

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  14. What a combination of ingredients! Just wondering how this would have tasted... obviously full of goodness!

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  15. A perfect summer salad.......and filling too.....

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