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Zesty Asparagus and White Bean Salad

Zesty Asparagus and White Bean Salad

The long months of winter greens and root vegetables are coming to a close, and what better way to tip your hat to spring eating than with asparagus? In this recipe for Asparagus and White Bean Salad, asparagus takes center stage with a cast of enthusiastic flavors like feta, lemon zest, mint and radishes. Hello spring!

Served with crusty bread, this salad makes a terrific meal.

White beans provide a delectable, hearty tenderness, without overwhelming the asparagus. Tangy feta, zesty lemon, and a touch of mint gives this salad a bright and refreshing flavor. If you have a special steamer just for asparagus, in which the asparagus is steamed standing upright, cut the asparagus into pieces after steaming.

1 pound asparagus, cut on an angle in 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup cooked (or canned) white beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions

1. Place the asparagus in a steamer basket, set over 1 1/2 inches boiling water, and cover. Steam until the spears are tender yet firm, 4 to 7 minutes depending on thickness. Drain and place in an ice water bath (or under cold water) for a moment to stop the cooking.

2. Put the olive oil, lemon juice, fresh mint, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and whisk until well combined. Drain asparagus.

3. Combine the beans, feta, radishes, and scallions in a large bowl. Add the asparagus pieces. Pour on the dressing and gently toss. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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Adapted from Farmer John's Cookbook by John Peterson (Gibbs Smith, 2006).

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6:58AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Thanks. No mint for me!!

12:07PM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Thanks for the recipe.

2:37PM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

LOVE asparagus

8:37AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012


10:31AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I,too, would probably leave out the mint & feta cheese. But love asapargus w/ lemon juice. Will try the beans for added protein. As mentioned, they van always be picked out.

6:42AM PST on Mar 10, 2012


6:52AM PST on Feb 19, 2012

Sounds good.
Thank you

11:33AM PST on Dec 1, 2010


7:17PM PDT on Jul 2, 2010

Simply lovely, minus the feta though...

1:14AM PDT on Mar 17, 2010


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I love 'em!


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