As spring rolls around once more, it is time to start thinking about what to serve at Easter. With all the bright, fresh, crisp colors of the new season we have so much to choose from. Luckily, to help even more, the Blogger C.L.U.E. theme this month is Easter so we’ll get you everything you need to please ol’ Peter Cottontail.
This month I was paired with Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm and I had a lovely time looking through her blog. There was so much to choose from, of course. I was on the hunt though for something light, crisp and fresh– so as soon as I saw the Asparagus Tips with Cucumber Vinaigrette– I knew I’d found my post!
Not only is this salad crisp and perfect for spring, it is also super quick to put together. I paired the Asparagus Tips with Cucumber Vinaigrette with a broiled salmon – and it was delightful. It would be great as a side on your Easter spread or for a spring picnic in the park.
When prepping asparagus- I like to snap it off at the ends to where it wants to naturally break. It might not provide clean lines, but it does prevent any bitter bites.
- 1 bunch asparagus, tough ends snapped off and steamed until crisp tender (2-3 minutes)
- 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and very finely chopped
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper, very finely chopped
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- Juice from 1/2 small lemon
- Heaping teaspoon of dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons Champagne Vinegar
- 2 dashes of soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium bowl, mix the cucumber, peppers and following ingredients. Mix well.
- After steaming asparagus and dipping in ice bath, place the asparagus on platter.
- Pour over asparagus the vinaigrette over the asparagus. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
After steaming your asparagus for 2 minutes or so, toss it in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
The recipe Wendy shared called for red pepper but I went for yellow for a more mild flavor and an extra pop of spring color. My only other swaps were simple, add some champagne vinegar and skip the herbs.
Check out the other Blogger C.L.U.E. posts for some Easter inspiration.
- Sue from A Palatable Pastime
- Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Rebekah from Making Miracles
- Kathy from Bakeaway with Me
- Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme
- Debra from Eliot’s Eats
- Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Anna from annaDishes
- Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
- Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Christiane from Taking on Magazines
- Kate from Kate’s Kitchen
- Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Amy from Amy’s Cooking Adventures