Asparagus Bacon Walnut Salad

by zesty on November 3, 2010 · 16 comments

When I need a brain break, I just think about eating and cooking.

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This asparagus bacon walnut salad  really follows the zesty motto…. quick and easy yet packed with flavor. This asparagus dish will easily work as either a side dish or a salad depending on both your mood and your dinner plans.

It literally takes no time to make and requires very little preparation.  In this particular case I used turkey bacon as it was on sale.  Even though I have never tried it before, I enjoyed it immensely.  I noticed a number of similar qualities to real bacon minus the grease.

As a little treat to compliment the salad is homemade rosemary focaccia bread that I picked up at the bakery…. yum.  This stuff was amazing.

I don’t eat asparagus very often but every time I do I always wonder why I don’t buy it more often.  Perhaps it’s because it can be fairly pricey at the local grocery store.

See below for the brief instructions on how to make this dish.

Ingredients

  • Asparagus (about 12-15 pieces)
  • 4-5 slices cooked turkey bacon (chopped)
  • 1/4 Cup walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar

Method

  1. Preheat pan to medium-high heat.
  2. Add Olive Oil to warm pan then add bacon, asparagus and heat together for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Once Asparagus is tender toss in the walnuts.
  4. Cook through for 2 minutes and finish with a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar.
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  6. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When cooking with asparagus do not over cook them.  I like to shock them with high heat for only 5-7 minutes to allow them to heat through but also keep the crunch.

I am on the road tonight so stay tuned or a Virginia post on Friday.  Have a great day.

Take care

zesty

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