Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Bread and Asparagus Salad
Sometimes great recipes are deceptively simple. A while back I was watching a re-run of Top Chef Masters and during one of the challenges, chef Naomi Pomeroy made this delightful looking salad. There was thinly sliced asparagus, toasted bread and a dressing made with lemon but I wasn't sure about the rest. A quick online search, however, produced the recipe.
I should mention that the challenge had something to do with having a tiny budget and only minimal ingredients because I image that Chef Pomeroy would have made the recipe a bit more elaborate in her own restaurant.
All in all, this "simple" salad ended up having amazingly complex flavors and was a fun and delicious play on a panzanella. Enjoy!
6 Spears asparagus, peeled and thinly sliced on a diagonal
2 Slices bread, cut into 1" cubes
1/2 Shallot, peeled and diced
1 Clove garlic, minced
4 Cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise (I used low fat)
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley or chives
1/4 Cup feta cheese, crumbled (I used low fat)
Salt & pepper to taste
Non-stick cooking spray
Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet, spray with non-stick cooking spray and bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.
In a bowl, make the dressing by whisking together the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, lemon juice, mayonnaise and herbs. Add the sliced asparagus and the sauteed onion and tomato mixture. Mix in the croutons and allow the salad to sit for about 20 minutes so that the bread can absorb the dressing. Season to taste and toss in the cheese. Makes 2 servings.
This looks so yummy!!ReplyDelete
This looks so good. I've always been meaning to try panzanella, or something like it. So simple, but so delicious looking.ReplyDelete
Oh, this looks great. I love panznella salad, this is a delicious twist with the asparagus.ReplyDelete
I love panzanella! This is a fabulous variation on the same ol', same ol'! YUM!ReplyDelete
This looks so good! I'm a big fan of anything asparagus!ReplyDelete
I love this recipe and your variations!!!ReplyDelete
Yep. That season was a pretty good one. I'm looking forward to the upcoming one too. Will you be watching when it premiers tomorrow night?ReplyDelete
Absolutely. We love that show. And you never know where the next great recipe idea will come from! :)Delete
That salad is gorgeous! I love how you took a tv challenge and made it suit you :)ReplyDelete
Wow this is my kind of meal lovely photo as well great salad!ReplyDelete
YUM - I'm all about new salad recipes lately...ReplyDelete
this looks amazing! i'm instantly obsessed with this salad; it literally has everything i love inside. and that it's a bread salad (a personal favorite type of mine) doesn't hurt either. :) thanks for sharing this!ReplyDelete
Such a good idea! I love the asparagus in the bread salad, I've never seen that before, it looks delicious! Stunning pics too, your salad's gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Such a good idea! this looks amazing!ReplyDelete
I'm always looking for a new and interesting salad and this sounds terrific. Happy that I stopped by today.ReplyDelete
such a great salad! i love the asparagus in this!ReplyDelete
This is so fabulous. Love it to bits.ReplyDelete
What a gorgeous salad! Wholesome and delicious!ReplyDelete
asparagus with sesame seedsReplyDelete
This looks like a fun recipe to make. I'll be giving this a try for sure!ReplyDelete