A Sign of Spring

One of the first signs of spring at the grocery store is the arrival of fresh, tender asparagus! Asparagus is a tasty vegetable that can be enjoyed raw or cooked and prepared in a variety of ways. In today’s post, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite asparagus recipes – Fresh Asparagus Salad with Pecans.

Asparagus contains many good-for-you nutrients. Asparagus is a good source of folate, vitamins A, C, E, and K, chromium and fiber. Antioxidants are also found in asparagus. Asparagus may help prevent certain forms of cancer as it contains glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens.

Fresh Asparagus Salad with Pecans features asparagus that is marinated in olive oil, low-sodium soy sauce, sugar and cider vinegar. Immersing food in a marinade for a period of time is a great way to give vegetables (as well as meats) a flavor boost. Adding flavor intensifiers to our food enhances the taste, which is important to people over 60 who have experienced some loss of the taste sensation.

For easy clean-up perhaps the best way to use a marinade is to place the food to be marinated into a zip-top plastic bag. The bag can be turned over and over until all the food is coated well. Marinated foods are placed in the refrigerator for a time specified in the recipe.  Refrigeration inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria in the food that is being marinated.

Fresh Asparagus Salad with Pecans is one of those recipes that I characterize as “company-worthy” and everyone I’ve served it to has really enjoyed it.

The Recipe

Fresh Asparagus Salad with Pecans
A wonderful chilled salad with marinated asparagus and pecans.
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  1. 1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
  2. 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  3. 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  4. 2 tablespoons sugar
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
  1. In a large skillet, bring 3 cups water to a boil.
  2. Add asparagus and boil for 3 minutes.
  3. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water.
  4. Drain and pat dry.
  5. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the cider vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and olive oil.
  6. Add the asparagus, seal the bag, and turn several times to coat the asparagus.
  7. Refrigerate for up to 3 hours.
  8. Drain and discard marinade.
  9. Sprinkle asparagus with pecans.
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The Methodology

Key #1 – When preparing asparagus, wash it off by rinsing it with water. Snap the ends of the asparagus off, by just holding it with both hands and bending it until it snaps. This part of the asparagus spear is usually too woody and fibrous to eat.

Key #2 – Next, bring water to a boil in a large skillet. The asparagus is added to the skillet and boiled for 3 minutes.

Key #3 – Remove the asparagus from the boiling water and immediately plunge it into ice water.

Key #4 – Then, drain the asparagus on a paper towel and pat dry.

Key #5 – In a large resealable plastic bag, combine cider vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and olive oil. Add the asparagus, seal the bag, and turn several times to coat the asparagus well. Refrigerate the asparagus in the marinade for up to 3 hours.

Key # 6 – Drain and discard the marinade. Plate the asparagus and sprinkle pecans over it. Enjoy a serving of Fresh Asparagus Salad with Pecans!

If you’re ready for spring, prepare some asparagus soon! If spring is still far off in your part of the country, have some asparagus and spring won’t seem so far away!

Remember to savor the flavor of asparagus!

By the way, our first crocus appeared recently. Here’s a photo so you can enjoy it with me!



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Keys to Making Fresh Asparagus Salad with Pecans — 34 Comments

  1. Asparagus is one of my favorite parts of spring!! Thanks for sharing at the “What’s for Dinner” linky party!

  2. I just love asparagus! I usually use slivered almonds but the pecans are a lovely choice. Shame on me for not thinking of them … I live in the South LOL

  3. Asparagus reminds me of summer….this looks delicious and makes me hopeful that warm weather is coming soon! ?

  4. Hi Laura, Thanks for your comments and for stopping by. Our daffodils started blooming this week so I’m taking that as a sign that warmer weather is not too far away! Blessings, Janet

  5. Yum! This looks really good! I love asparagus and it’s super healthy! Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories

  6. This is too delicious! I cannot wait to try this recipe. My husband and I love all varieties of asparagus and new ways to try it. This is on the Pinterest list now! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Hi Danita, Nice to see you again! I love asparagus, too, and this recipe is one I deem “company-worthy” as well. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings, Janet

  8. Hi Regina, Thanks for pinning this recipe and I hope you enjoy it! It’s what I call “company-worthy” as everyone I’ve served it to likes it very much. Blessings, Janet

  9. I love simple but elegant side dishes. This one is definitely dinner-party worthy! ?

  10. That sounds delicious! I love asparagus and pecans, but I’ve never put the two together. Definitely gonna try soon! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  11. This looks delicious! Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. Thanks for sharing

  12. Hi Chelc, I hope you enjoy the recipe – I think it’s a keeper! Will see you at Merry Monday! Blessings,Janet

  13. Thank you for sharing this recipe at the Link-Up! I have some asparagus in the fridge now, so I might make this with dinner tonight!

  14. Asparagus are one of my favorite vegetables, and you are so right, they really do ring in Spring! I have never marinated them, but I will try your recipe. Looks super delicious!

  15. Oh yum! I love asparagus and pecans. Bought some last week and roasted it. Will try this next time. Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.

  16. We eat asparagus frequently, but I would never have thought to pair it with pecans. This sounds delicIous.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

  17. Hi Ilka, So glad you told me about your link party! Hope you enjoy the asparagus salad! Blessings, Janet

  18. Hi Jann, Hope you like the Fresh Asparagus Salad with Pecans – I definitely think it’s “company-worthy”! Blessings, Janet

  19. I think I need to be making this… Yummy!

    Thanks so much for linking up over at Sunday?s Simple Homemaker on Prairie Gal Cookin! Please feel free to drop in and leave a link or two on this week?s link-up, we?d love to see what you?ve been up to! http://www.prairiegalcookin.com/sundays-simple-homemaker-2nd-weekly-link-up/

  20. Hi Prairie, Gal, Hope you get to make this wonderful asparagus salad! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  21. What a lovely vegetable! Asparagus is a fave, too. Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday! Hope to see you next week!


  22. Hi Mollie, If you like asparagus I think you’ll really like this recipe! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  23. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  24. Hi Miz Helen, Thanks for featuring Fresh Asparagus Salad with Pecans on Full Plate Thursday and thanks for hosting! Blessings, Janet

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