Saturday, 12 November 2011

Asparagus & Bacon Salad




Asparagus & Bacon Salad

I made this up when I needed to do a quick lunch and it turned out well.

Fry up some bacon – I used about 4 rashers cut into quarters

Boil water ready to cook asparagus – I didn’t salt it because I think the bacon has enough for the whole dish. 

Prepare asparagus by snapping off woody ends and then cutting into 2 pieces.  If you want to be luxurious, you could just use the tips and save the other half for making soup.  Asparagus is in season right now so it is reasonably priced.

Cook asparagus in boiling water for 4 -5 minutes – don’t overcook.

Put a sliced tomato, chopped avocado, a couple of slices of red onion, a roughly chopped spring onion into a salad bowl.  Squeeze over some lemon juice (say 1/3 to ½ of a lemon).  Season with pepper  - I used white but black would be fine.  I also put into about a teaspoon of olive oil – but you could leave that out since the bacon has fat.

When the asparagus is ready, drain it and toss it in the pan with the bacon, then put everything into the salad bowl.  Toss and serve as is - it will be warm but not too warm.

I served some condiments with it - a choice of sweet chilli sauce, chilli relish and mayo.


You might also be interested in my salad with leftover lamb - click here.



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45 comments:

  1. Wow, that sounds so good. Guess I'll be running to the store real soon!

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  2. Thanks for your comment. Much appreciated

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  3. NICE! Growing up, some in my family ate asparagus from our garden, but I didn't. I guess I thought it was an "old person's food" (LOL!) My thinking surely changed as time went on. Maybe it's because I'd seen over and over how people were using it-- like how YOU have used it, too! The combination of bacon and asparagus looks super delish! Thanks for referring me to your site. When you said asparagus is in season, I knew we weren't talking Wisconsin, USA (LOL!. We've had a mild (almost abnormal) Winter-- but, we're getting a snow storm right now and I love the beauty of it!!! Thanks for stopping by, and for your comment. Doris

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    1. No - in New Zealand we are just getting towards the end of summer. The weather is always mild where I live. Thanks for taking the time to comment

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  5. Sounds very good, bacon gives everything a nice flavour.

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  6. Yum. Can't go wrong with this combo.

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  7. Looks good! Will definitely try soon!

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    1. It was yummy thanks for commenting

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  8. That really looks great! We will have to try this. Thanks for sharing.
    Bob and Robin Young
    Boise, Idaho USA
    http://boisefoodieguild.blogspot.com

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  9. thank you too for commenting.

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  10. sounds easy, and looks great thanks for sharing!

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  11. Carole I'm so glad you stopped by my blog and gave me this link. What a great post! You rock sister!

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    1. Hey, thanks so much for stopping by

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  12. I love asparagus, always looking for new & creative recipes. Thanks for stopping by & sharing the link.

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  13. Looks good indeed :D thanks for the comment you left on my blog :)

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  14. Looks awesome. Thanks for sharing. Bacon really does make everything better!

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  15. Such a great idea, thanks for the recipe, I will definitely be using this.

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  16. Oh I like this. And I agree the bacon has enough salt for the whole dish. The combination of flavors sounds too good not to try.

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  17. That sounds wonderful! I should be able to get local asparagus in the next couple of weeks. Now I know what to do with it!

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  18. Asparagus is one of those things that I only eat in restaurants. I don't think I have ever bought it and/or cooked it at home.

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    1. Give it a go. It is really quick. Thanks so much for your comment

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  19. I love to nuke my asparagus, rather than boil them. they stay so green.

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    1. How long do you do them for? Haven't tried that! I know it takes time to comment, so thank you very much.

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  20. Another good use of asparagus! We are just getting started with the warm weather here. Will try this out for sure.

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  21. I do love asparagus. This sounds delicious!

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  22. Must go and check my garden and see if any of my asparagus has survived the winter. It was a gentle winter so hope I still have a few plants left. Great idea putting all those ingredients together.

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  23. Mmm, this sounds delicious! And bacon and asparagus are two of my favorite foods!

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  24. Looks delicious. Has all fantastic ingredients that go together so well!
    Have a great weekend!

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  25. The salty and acidic combinations of flavors look terrific. thank you for sharing this salad on foodie friday.

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  26. Carole, Can you overnight some of this to me? Sure I could follow the recipe but anything in your kitchen must be at a higher level.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Jeff

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