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Roasted Asparagus Salad with Lemon Mascarpone Dressing

Yes, your eyes are not fooling you.  I’ve placed another salad up on the blog today.  After receiving multiple comments about snow days and jealousy over grill worthy temps, I determined that it might be in my best interest to throw up a spring salad that doesn’t require an outdoor flame.   After all, even us Southern girls experience cold temps every now and then (as witnessed by one such nameless food blogger who was over at her vegetable garden last night covering all her planted seedlings for the “not supposed to happen in April” freeze that blanketed the city this morning).  Shh… you didn’t hear that from me.


Instead of the grill, this salad utilizes the oven for a quick and delicious roasting of a favorite spring time vegetable; asparagus.  Add in an egg and some bacon and this dish becomes a versatile feast that can be enjoyed for any meal from breakfast to lunch to dinner.

Start out by whisking together a little salad dressing.  If you love lemons like I do, then this is will be your new favorite salad topper.

Think dill meets lemon meets mustard meets mascarpone cheese.   Do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around…. now THIS is what it’s all about.

Set it to the side and mix up a little oil, salt, pepper and fresh thyme.  Toss in a pound of asparagus and lay it out on a cookie sheet.

Slide those beautiful green stalks into the oven and roast, roast, roast.  While the asparagus is enjoying a little warmth, fry up a couple strands of bacon followed by an egg.  Cook the egg the way you like it best.  I’m an over medium girl, a little dripping yoke does wonder for a dish in my most humble of opinions.

Assembly is easy peasy.  Simply toss a bit of the dressing with a handful of spinach and top with the asparagus, egg and bacon.

Even if it’s not warm enough yet to grill where you are, you can still enjoy a mood pleasing spring salad that will have you quickly forgetting about old man winter’s last attempts at a cold weather chill.

For more asparagus inspired culinaria, be sure to check out the flavor filled links below:

Fennel Salad with Roasted Beets and Shaved Asparagus from A Spicy Perspective

Creamy Asparagus Soup from Annie Bakes

Israeli Couscous Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Artichokes and Spinach from Two Peas and Their Pod

Cooking Light – Cooking with Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Lemon Mascarpone Dressing

Yield: 4 Adult Sized Salad Servings

Total Time: 45 min

Ingredients:

For the Dressing:

1 Lemon, Zested and Half Juiced
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Fresh Dill, Chopped
1/2 tsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Mascarpone
Salt and Pepper to Taste

1 Pound Fresh Asparagus (1/4 Pound per Salad)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme
1 Pinch Salt and Pepper
8 Strips Bacon (2 per Salad)
4 Eggs (1 Egg per Salad)
8 Oz. Fresh Spinach (2 Oz. Per Salad)

Directions:

Whisk together all the dressing ingredients until incorporated and set to the side.

Add the olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper to a baking dish.

Drop in the asparagus and spin it around to cover completely.

Line a cookie sheet with foil and spread the tossed asparagus out over the top.

Slide into an oven preheated to 350 degrees and let roast for 10 minutes.

While the veggies are roasting, grab up a frying pan and cook the bacon.

Remove from the pan, drain out the grease and fry up your eggs to the hardness you desire.

Toss the spinach with the dressing and top with the asparagus, egg and bacon.