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Spring Grilled Asparagus Salad ~ Blood Orange Buttermilk Dressing

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The perfect restaurant quality Spring Salad! Choose fat asparagus and cook indoors in a grill pan – or outdoors in warmer weather.

Take advantage of Spring ingredients at the market
What makes a restaurant salad so special? –  – layering the multitude of ingredients.
Mache Lettuce, Radicchio, Purple Spring Onions, Toasted Almonds, Fresh Mango Cubes, Blood Orange Slices and Grilled Fat Asparagus Spears all come together for a memorable, Restaurant-Syle Salad at Home. Perfect too for Easter Entertaining.
Grilled Asparagus are easy to make – flavorful and crisp-tender

Why are restaurant salads so tasty?
Think about it – all those fresh ingredients work together to create harmonious flavors and textures.
What makes a salad elevate to the next level… the freshest greens, vegetables, nuts, cheese, fruit and a killer dressing.

This recipe will produce a restaurant quality salad at home. Healthy and delicious – great for a special dinner or entertaining!

Grilling asparagus is super-easy. Rub the peeled veggie with a neutral oil and salt & pepper and add to a very hot grill pan.

To achieve the best, neat grill marks – top the asparagus with a heavy pan to weight down, I choose a cast iron one. Will cook in about 5 -8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears.

I chose Spring lettuces – Mache also called lamb’s lettuce, has been cultivated in France since the 17th century – the tiny, dark green baby lettuce with a sweet, nutty flavor.

Fiero Radicchio is special –  a leafy green that had red streaks like a red leaf lettuce but a more compact head. Gorgeous plants with emerald green outer leaves and burgundy interiors with a distinctive bitter flavor.

Manchego is a cheese made in the La Mancha region of Spain from the milk of sheep of the manchega breed.

Make my Maple Toasted Slivered Almonds in a Skillet – will elevate the salad to a whole new level. So simple to make, takes just a few minutes.

You’ll love the Blood Orange Buttermilk Dressing – simply whisk all ingredients together for a creamy, yet light dressing with a gorgeous pink hue from the deep ruby colored blood orange… yes a zesty flavor!

Enjoy the first flavors of Spring!
Karen
(next BLOG: Spring Asparagus cooked in parchment over pasta)

Spring Asparagus
It’s easy to grill asparagus indoors in a grill pan – top with a cast iron grill pan for neat grill marks
Use Spring Lettuces: Fiero Radicchio and Mache
Simple Skillet Toasted Almonds with a touch of maple syrup add a nice crunch and a sweet touch
A Blood Orange Buttermilk Dressing adds the perfect balance to the salad
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