Updated: Apr 26, 2021
Sometimes a salad is super easy and super good. This salad is about the essence of great spring flavors, tender asparagus, and fresh peas in a light lemon dressing. The bold asparagus is balanced by the sweet peas and the dressing adds that perfect pop of flavor. Yes, simple can be so good! I had some good Parmesan cheese in my fridge, so I grated some on top for an additional pop of salt.
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Zest of 1 lemon or 2 limes
Juice of 1 lemon or 1 lime
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
4 oz baby arugula
2 small bunches asparagus, if you can find them in different colors, the salad will look lovely, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups mixed basil, Italian and Thai
1/2 lb fresh peas, or frozen ok
Mix the lemon juice, 3 tablespoons oil, salt and pepper together. Set aside.
Add 1 tablespoon oil to a large frying pan and sauté the asparagus, peas and lemon zest with some salt and pepper. Cook till the asparagus and peas turn a bright green and are just cooked through, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool. Do not overcook the vegetables and turn them green-grey please!
To serve, toss the cooked asparagus in the lemon juice-olive oil mix. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add this to the center of a bowl adding the arugula and basil around the mix. Serve Immediately.