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.

INGREDIENTS
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.

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

12 comments

Tanya W.
Tanya W.3 years ago

Thanks. No mint for me!!

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks for the recipe.

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

LOVE asparagus

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

yum

Trudy Killa
Trudy Killa4 years ago

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.

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

yum

Michele Wilkinson

Sounds good.
Thank you

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Thanks.

Mervi R.
Mervi R.5 years ago

Simply lovely, minus the feta though...

gail d.
gail dair6 years ago

thanks