This refreshing Spring Asparagus salad made with crunchy apples, sharp cheddar cheese and savory pancetta is a tasty addition to a Mother’s Day brunch spread.
Are you looking for a Mother’s Day or Pot-luck dish to bring to brunch? This marinated Spring Asparagus Salad is a refreshing, make ahead dish. It’s perfect to bring to a pot-luck brunch. The main ingredients in the Spring Asparagus Salad are easy to prep the day, leaving you time to enjoy the lovely spring weather.
Which is exactly what we did this weekend … We strolled along downtown Park City, Utah where our senses were filled with the fragrance of a variety of bright, happy flowers. Do you have a favorite flower?
The ingredients for the Spring Asparagus Salad are crisp Michigan Asparagus, sharp Cabot Cheese, juicy Rainer Lady Alice apples, Dixie Crystals pure cane sugar, red onion, raisins, mayo, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar and pancetta.
Where do you and your family like to spend time together? We like to hike, enjoy the sunshine and explore new locations. This Spring Asparagus salad is a good fit to our busy lifestyle. It is also versatile recipe. Pictured above are the fresh ingredients sans dressing, red onion, cheese and crispy, pan-fried pancetta. Easy to prepare these ingredients, then pop it into the fridge to keep cool while you prepare the dressing. I love the fact I can make the dressing a day or two ahead of time and it stays fresh. The morning of brunch or the pot-luck supper, cover the salad with the dressing.
Doesn’t this look delicious?!! Grab a fork and dig in AFTER mom has the first bite.
Recipe: Spring Asparagus Salad
1 Bunch Michigan Asparagus cut into 1″ to 1 1/2″ sections
1/2 Cup Cabot Cheddar Cheese, Legacy Collection, shaved
1 Rainier Fruit Lady Alice apple, cored & sliced into matchstick size
1/3 Cup chopped Red Onion
1/4 Cup raisins
3 thick slices (.20 lbs) Pancetta diced and pan fried
Spring Asparagus Salad Dressing:
1 Cup Mayo
2 Tbsp Vinegar – Apple Cider
2 Tbsp Vinegar – Red Wine
1/3 Cup Dixie Crystal Cane Sugar
- Bring a pot of water to boil
- Rinse Asparagus
- Cut off & remove the bottom 1/2″ of the Asparagus stalks (don’t keep)
- Chop the tips & every 1″ sections for the Asparagus. NOTE: if you find several of your Asparagus are quite large, slice them in half.
- Place chopped asparagus in the pot of boiling water for 2 1/2 minutes.
- Remove immediately, drain the asparagus then toss them into ice-cubed water.
- Core then slice 1 apple into matchstick sizes.
- Drain asparagus from the cold water & set aside.
- Dice 1/3 Cup of red onion
- Dice then pan fry pancetta until crispy but not burnt.
- Remove crispy pancetta to a paper towel to drain off the access grease.
- Toss into a bowl the asparagus, apple, pancetta, red onion & raisins.
- Cover bowl & place it in the refrigerator.
- Begin preparing the dressing into a separate bowl.
- Wisk mayo, vinegars and sugar together.
- Cover and place in refrigerator until later use.
- The morning or day of your brunch or pot-luck lunch/dinner, toss the dressing into the large asparagus salad ingredients
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