Asparagus Artichoke Salad

Although for the most part we can get asparagus all year long, I usually only get them in the spring, when they are in season. How can you resist, when you see hundreds of them in the produce section, saluting you like bundled, upright green soldiers? “Hello m’am. Please cook me.” So, we buy asparagus, and more asparagus. Here is a recipe for what to do with our long green friends, when you’re tired of everything else. (Thank you Whole Foods deli section for the idea.) Grill them or roast them (grilling will taste better if you can do it), and toss them in a simple salad with marinated artichoke hearts, shallots, and grape tomatoes. Carry on…

Asparagus Artichoke Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: Serve 6-8 as a side dish.

Thick asparagus spears are easier than thin to roast or grill without becoming too dry or over-cooked.

Ingredients

  • 1 large shallot, sliced thin (can sub a few thin slices of red onion or some sliced spring onion)
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 pounds thick asparagus, rinsed, tough ends broken off and discarded (or saved for stock)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 15-ounce jar of good quality marinated artichoke hearts, quartered or cut in half (depending on the size of the artichokes)

Method

1 Soak the sliced shallots in the lemon juice as you get ready to make the rest of the salad.

2a To roast the asparagus, preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat the asparagus spears with 1 Tbsp of olive oil, and salt them well. Lay in a single layer in a foil-lined roasting pan, and cook for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned and fork tender.

2b To grill the asparagus, prepare your charcoal or gas grill for high direct heat. Coat the asparagus with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Grill them until nicely charred and fork tender, between 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove the asparagus from the oven or grill and cut into bite-sized pieces.

3 Put the asparagus and all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl and mix to combine. Add as much of the marinating liquid from the jarred artichokes as you like. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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5 Comments

  1. Mardi

    This is a great salad. I usually shave some good Parmesan cheese over the top just before serving. Feta is good as well for a slightly more tart cheese option.

  2. Jenny Raja

    I had a chef friend teach me an important thing about asparagus: once you see buds on the tips, the asparagus tastes bitter, so you want to buy only asparagus whose tips are nice and smooth. Since her advice, I’ve loved what used to be a hit or miss veggie. I shamelessly pick between the ‘chosen for us’ bundles and put together only those without sprouts on top.

  3. Susan

    in my house … this receipe serves 1 … me :-) This time of year, asparagus goes in EVERY dish … oven roasted asparagus on rustic bread topped by poached eggs ~ yumm!

  4. Lizzy

    I made this on Friday as a side dish, and we relished every mouthful. THinking they’d be some left overs for another day, I had to make it again!!! Two wonderful ingredients that marry so well together. Simply devine!

  5. Linda Buckner

    This was a hit at my dinner last night. Added some Kalamata olives.

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