Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Asparagus Caesar Salad

If you like asparagus, do try making this asparagus caesar salad. Asparagus are low in calories, contains no fat or cholesterol and is just delicious. The caesar salad dressing goes very well with asparagus. Asparagus are in season now and well priced. What better time to try this beautiful and delicious salad.

Recipe adapted from Meals For Every Occasion by Ricardo Larrivée

Asparagus Caesar Salad


1 Egg Yolk
1 Tbsp (15 ml) Lemon Juice
2 tsp (10 ml) Dijon Mustard
1 tsp (5 ml) Chopped Capers
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) Anchovy Paste or 1 chopped Anchovy Fillet
1/2 Cup (125 ml) Vegetable Oil
Sea Salt and Black Pepper

2 Slices Bread, cut into 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) cubes
2 Tbsp (30 ml) Butter (approx)
1/2 lb (225 g) Bacon, cut in small pieces
2 lb (1 kg) Asparagus, trimmed
Grated zest of 1 Lemon
Parmigiano Reggiona shavings to taste


In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard, capers and anchovy paste. Add the oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly. Season with salt and pepper.

In a skillet, brown the bread with butter. Set aside on a plate.

In the same skillet, fry the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels.

Boil the asparagus in salted water until al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain.

In a bowl, toss the asparagus, lemon zest and bacon. Transfer to a plate.

Pour dressing over the asparagus in a thin stream. Sprinkle with croutons and Parmigiano shavings. Serve as an appetizer or as a side dish.


  1. Oh, cool idea!

    {Haha, no need to reply to this comment. ;) }

  2. looks tasty, although i'd never tried asparagus salad before, i think i would give it a try this weekend

  3. omg brilliant! I never would have thought of this in a million year,s but as soon as i read the title is just seemd so right.

  4. I love asparagus. I can't wait to try this recipe with your caeser dressing :)

  5. So simple and so good. Fresh asparagus prepared with the earthy flavors and aromas of anchovies, bacon, and mustard. Add sparkle from lemon and capers and you have a simple masterpiece. Thanks for the recipe. It will a regular part of my spring/summer reptoire.

  6. An asparagus caesar salad is a great idea!

  7. We love asparagus and this sounds like such a delicious way to have it. Yummmmm.
    Thanks for the chance to win the book. Much appreciated.

  8. Yum, I love asparagus!

    I usually just eat asparagus steamed, maybe I'll try this salad.

    Thanks for the giveaway chance :D.

  9. Excellent way to put some spark back into asparagus. Combining my fav salad with my fav vegetable. YEAH!!
    Thank you for sharing your recipe ideas & photos. ;o}

  10. What a great flavor combination!

  11. We LOVE asparagus, and LOVE Caesar Salad! Will definitely try this one soon! Thanks for the great post!

  12. Just wanted to say thanks! I made this last night, adding roasted red pepper strips and chunks of steamed baby Yukon Gold potaoes (and a little extra dressing!). It was delicious with our grilled pork tenderloin in a mustard/herb rub. Perfect spring meal...thanks for the inspiration.

  13. I always need an inspiring salad recipe-this one sounds so good that I will be trying it tonight. Thanks

  14. Wow, three of my favorite things mixed together, especially what we affectionately call "Aspagrass." Just the other day we found some incredible asparagus in our local store (this is a bit of a miracle). Will have to see if we can find some more.

    One question: How do you choose which anchovy or anchovy paste to buy?

  15. I love asparagus! this looks like a nice change from the ordinary caesar salad, but still a good meal for summer. can't wait to try it!

  16. Oh, this really sounds great. Will try asap.

    Also, crossing my fingers to win the cookbook!

  17. =) Long time reader, first time poster. I haven't had time to cook in a long time, but I will finally have my time again after this weekend and I already have a big lists of recipes I've read on here to hit up. This is gonna be one. Nice and simple. :) Thanks again for the great posts and pictures!

  18. Found your blog through foodgawker. You have such fantastic photos and I love asparagus!

  19. I made this with dinner last night. It was wonderful. Thanks.

  20. I made the asparagus salad (minus the capers as I just have never developed the love for them I wish I could have) and was so happy with it. So nice and fresh. A perfect dish to add to my summer sides repertoire.

  21. This sounds so yummy! I think I need to have some friends over soon.

  22. Hi! I love your recipes, it's because what you did is exactly what I wanted, I'm a Chinese but usually the Chinese cooking gives people an impression of a little bit chaotic or in a mess, it's delicious but sometimes too much oil. But your recipes as I see is a kind of mix-culture:) I do like this healthy idea with a very clean and attractive outlook!
    Thank you!

  23. Thank you to all the wonderful comments :-)

    @Cary: Pepper strips and potatoes too? Sounds delicious to me. Great idea!

    @Siyu : You're absolutely right about the Chinese cooking!