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Potluck Perfection: Chilled Asparagus Salad

Posted in : My Holiday Table, Perfect for Potlucks, Side Dishes on by : TetonTrekker Tags: , ,

Today, May 24th 2024 is #NationalAsparagusDay!

Elevate your potluck game

Typically, at potlucks, I showcase a wild game dish, which adds a unique flair to the spread. However, on occasion, like at a 2023 Christmas potluck, I found myself needing to prepare a vegetarian option that could be made ahead without any reheating involved.

One dish my mom often includes in our Thanksgiving spread is marinated asparagus. While her recipe differs, I've always loved the concept. So, I decided to adapt it using my trusty Pampered Chef Italian Seasoning mix. To enhance both the flavor and presentation, I incorporated a some grape tomatoes. However, if preferred, you can easily omit the tomato.

So, say goodbye to boring potluck dishes and hello to rave reviews with this Chilled Asparagus Salad! Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue, picnic, or casual get-together, this vibrant and flavorful dish is guaranteed to be a hit with friends and family. Give it a try at your next potluck and watch it disappear in no time!

Standout Qualities

Fresh and Vibrant: Imagine crisp-tender asparagus spears mingling with juicy cherry tomatoes, creating a symphony of fresh flavors that scream sunshine and happiness. It's like a party on your taste buds!

Make-Ahead Convenience: Busy prepping for the event? No worries! This salad is your best friend. You can whip it up ahead of time, leaving you free to focus on other party preparations (or sneak in a quick dance party in the kitchen).

Crowd-Pleasing Appeal: Prepare to be the potluck hero! With its colorful presentation and irresistible flavor combination, this Chilled Asparagus Salad is guaranteed to steal the show. Get ready for the oohs and ahhs!

Versatile and Customizable: Feeling fancy? Sprinkle on some crumbled feta cheese, toss in chopped nuts, or garnish with fresh herbs. This recipe is your canvas, so feel free to get creative and tailor it to your taste preferences.

Chef Tips

Select Fresh Asparagus: Choose firm, bright green asparagus spears for the best flavor and texture.

Select Firm Tomatoes: When selecting tomatoes for this dish, opt for firm, ripe ones. Softer tomatoes tend to become mushy as the dish marinates.

Speed up the preparation process: Use the right tools, I utilize my Pampered Chef Close & Cut Set, making quick work of slicing them in half.



Chilled Asparagus Salad

Prepare to impress your friends and family with this easy-to-make recipe that's sure to steal the spotlight at any picnic, potluck, or family dinner. For potlucks I double up the recipe.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Bloom Dressing30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian, Vegetarian
Keyword: Asparagus, Healthy recipe, Honey dressing, Olive oil, Salad dressing, Seasoned asparagus, Spring recipe, White balsamic vinegar
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 220kcal
Author: TetonTrekker
Cost: $9.00

Equipment

  • 1 Measure, Mix & Pour Or 1 Pint Canning Jar
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Sharp Knife 5" Santoku Knife
  • 1 Steamer Signature Nonstick Saute & Steam Pan
  • 1 2.5-qt. Cool & Serve Bowl
  • Close & Cut Set For quickly halving the grape tomatoes

Ingredients

Dressing

  • Cup Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Honey
  • 1 TSP Italian Seasoning Mix
  • ½ TSP Salt

Asparagus

  • 1 Lb Fresh Asparagus Washed and trimmed
  • 1/2 Cup Grape Tomatoes** Halved

Optional

  • crumbled feta cheese
  • chopped nuts
  • fresh herbs

Instructions

Make the dressing

  • Whisk or shake together the dressing ingredients.
  • Allow the flavors to bloom for about 30 minutes before using.

Asparagus

  • Begin by washing and trimming the asparagus spears. Snap off the tough ends and discard. Be sure to trim off enough to fit in the Cool & Serve Bowl.
  • Bring 2" water to boil in the steamer.
  • Add the asparagus to the basket and place in steamer, making sure the asparagus does not sit in the water.
  • Cover and steam 3-5 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Be careful not to overcook.
  • While the asparagus is cooking, prepare an ice bath in a large bowl by filling it with ice water.
  • Once the asparagus is cooked, immediately transfer it to the ice bath to stop the cooking process and preserve its vibrant green color. Let it chill for a few minutes, then drain and pat dry.
  • Add asparagus to the Cool & Serve Bowl layering with scattered halved grape tomatoes.
  • If desired, sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese, chopped nuts, or fresh herbs for added flavor and texture.
  • Add the dressing and give the bowl a little shake to make sure all the asparagus is coated.
  • Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • When ready to serve, give the salad a gentle toss to redistribute the dressing. Serve chilled and enjoy the refreshing burst of flavors!

Notes

**When selecting tomatoes for this dish, opt for firm, ripe ones. Softer tomatoes tend to become mushy as the dish marinates.
Pampered Chef Italian Seasoning Mix: This high-quality, salt-free mix features coarse textures of garlic, onion and herbs, perfect for pasta sauce and pizza. 1.5 oz. Gluten-free.
 

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