As I was sitting at the table making this simple little ode to spring salad, it started to snow outside. "Look away", I told myself. "Pretend you didn't see it." Well, I saw it then, saw it before bed, and when I woke up this morning , there was (and still is) a few inches of fresh white covering up my hopes of a warm spring day. I have to admit that it is really very pretty, but what the hell.
This salad is all spring. Fresh spinach from the farm, asparagus in abundance every store I go to. Simple, crisp, refreshing. A nice change from a winter heavy with roasted roots and thick stews. I don't know about you, but this is the time of year that all I want to eat are fist fulls of fresh green stuff. (I could insert a picture here of me sitting on the couch munching away from a bag of baby kale, but I won't. You don't need to see that)
Now if it would just stop snowing and be spring for real, that would be great.
The stuff. Fresh spinach. tender asparagus, a lemon, and salt and pepper..
Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus then dice up the rest.
Toss the chopped up asparagus in a bowl with spinach. Squeeze the juice of the lemon all up in that and sprinkle with salt and pepper. That is it.
Fresh, green, springtime goodness in a bowl.
Spinach Asparagus Springtime Salad
- 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
- 10 ish spears of fresh asparagus
- 1 lemon
- salt and pepper
Wash and dry spinach ans place in bowl. Snap off woody end of asparagus (I save this bits for soup) and chop up the rest into mouth sized pieces. Toss the chopped asparagus into bowl with spinach. Squeeze on the juice of the lemon and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.