Asparagus happens to be one of my favourite vegetables. I just love the look and texture of asparagus and of course I really love the earthy flavour as well. Since it is readily available at the local grocery store and it happens to be on sale quite a bit this season; I took advantage and made this fantastic warm asparagus summer salad. Serve this as a side to any grilled meat.

Serves 4 as a side dish


  • 1 large bundle of asparagus, washed and trimmed
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin (Tip: can wash them in cold water to take some of the spiciness)
  • juice of 2 limes
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable seasoning blend
  • 1 tsp sweet and smokey mustard (specialty item, but can use any mustard you like)
  • 1 tbsp liquid honey
  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1. Put on a pot of boiling water, salt the water, and put in the trimmed asparagus. Cook the asparagus for no more than 3-4 minutes or until tender-crisp. This will of course depend on the thickness of the asparagus you have.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, salt, pepper, vegetable seasoning, sweet and smokey mustard, honey and the olive oil; until the vinaigrette comes together.

3. On a large serving plate, place the chopped iceberg lettuce first, then the sliced red onion, and then the cooked warm asparagus on top. Pour as much dressing as you like on top and serve immediately.

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