The coming of springs means fresh asparagus is in season and bunches of the herbaceous stalks will start showing up in stores and farmer’s markets. The Asparagus and Artichoke Heart Salad featured below is a delightful way to celebrate the season.
Enjoy this recipe for Asparagus and Artichoke Heart Salad
- 1 lb fresh asparagus spears
- 14 oz artichoke hearts in water or marinated rinsed off
- Mixed green lettuces
- 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
- ½ tsp of finely grated orange rind
- 2 Tbsp of walnut oil
- 1 tsp of Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- Trim and discard the woody ends of the asparagus spears
- Slice the asparagus on the diagonal approx 2 inches long
- Steam the asparagus pieces in a steamer basket over boiling water until tender, but not overdone (about 5-8 minutes)
- After the asparagus is done, refresh the pieces by soaking them for a couple minutes in cold water, then drain
- Cut the artichoke hearts into small wedges.
- Fill each individual salad bowl with mixed greens
- Arrange the artichoke hearts and asparagus pieces on top.
- Whisk the orange juice, orange rind, walnut oil, mustard and salt and pepper in a bowl
- If serving the salad immediately, drizzle a little dressing over each bowl
The health benefits of eating asparagus salad
Did you know that it along with avocado, kale, and Brussels sprouts, asparagus is a rich source of the detoxifying and anti-aging compound called glutathione? Glutathione is a cancer-fighting powerhouse that breaks down carcinogens and free radicals.
Why you should eat asparagus
- It is anti-aging
- It’s an excellent source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E K and chromium
- It prevents mental decline
- It is a natural diuretic that helps to fight edema “swelling”
- It is low in calories
- It contains calcium, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C to help keep your hair healthy.
- In Ayurvedic medicine, it’s known to be a kidney strengthener and an overall toning food for women
- It is one of the richest sources of rutin (a natural substance found in plants) which together with vitamin C, helps to energize and protect the body from infections.
- It is a source of iron, that boosts the immune system and prevents anemia.
- It is said to be an aphrodisiac.
Asparagus is also one of the most ancient vegetables and was revered by the Greeks and Romans.
How to cook it
If you’re boiling it, tie the stalks together and stand them up in a pot. Let the tops peek out of the water so they won’t get mushy.
What’s your favorite way to eat asparagus? Please leave a comment below.