A Simple Summer Salad

This has become a favorite lunch of mine. With the fresh asparagus, lemon zest and salty tang of Parmesan, it's the perfect combination. Aren't the colors wonderful? I cook the asparagus stove top in a little olive oil, which makes its own vinaigrette when you add the lemon juice. You also could roast them in the oven or if you have a grill, you could do the asparagus outside and serve this as a first course for supper.

Warm Asparagus Salad

Found in Very Fond of Food by Sophie Dahl

12 asparagus spears
2 eggs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Boil the eggs about 4 or 5 minutes, not completely hard boiled. Plunge into cold water and peel.
Cut the tough ends off the asparagus and heat the grill or a pan on the stove to high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and grill the asparagus until brown and done, about 5 minutes.
Arrange on a plate, sprinkle with the Parmesan, zest, salt and pepper. Arrange the eggs on top and sprinkle with the lemon juice and remaining olive oil.

Serves 2.


  1. My kind of dish! Scrumptious.



  2. Perfect! Beautiful plate too.

  3. there's nothing better than asparagus!

  4. Asparagus happens to be one of my very favorite veggies so I really appreciate your recipe =D

  5. Hi Barbara,

    thanks for the recipe - asparagus are one of my favourites - grocery shopping the other day, we bought some (from the USA) which we don't normally do but they looked so good.
    Our season here in not until about December.
    Looking forward to cooking them tonight with duck breasts.

    Hope you are enjoying the week

  6. I love the taste of asparagus and eggs together. The glory of this dish is that one can eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I love it!

  7. A lovely summer salad, simple to make and delicious!

  8. You are right this is the perfect summer salad! I looks marvelous! Lunch tomorrow?

  9. Oh now this looks so good!!! HI BARBARA! You know, I am curious about the white asparagus. A German friend loves them and makes them with chopped ham, something I do not eat....but they are a curiosity to me and I wonder if you prepare them as you would green ones? :)

    Are you having a lovely summer Barbara? I AM!!!!!! Oh how fabulous it is to be OFF and have some quiet time!

    Be well and enjoy the day! Anita

  10. I am kind of addicted to asparagus and eat them all the time. I often eat a whole bunch for dinner, guilt-free.
    Lately, I've been on the Food52 kick of Nobu asparagus with miso... just love it. Now this lovely baby. Can't ever have too many asparagus recipes!

    Love the eggs on top... my gram often made them that way (but cooked to death, bless her heart!).

  11. You've created a picture perfect summer salad. It ticks all the boxes and it sounds scrumptious. I hope all is well. Hugs and blessings...Mary.

  12. It's hotter than Hades here, so this looks great!

  13. Can't go wrong with asparagus and eggs - just another version of asparagus and holladaise, really, eh? looks a bit healthier, though.! LOVE the combination. The asparagus season is TOO short - but when it is here, I go NUTS! :) V

  14. Do you have any suggestions for a good 4th of July dish for my art class pot luck? I wanted to do something like sliders but don't have a grill and don't know how reheating/ transport would work...

  15. An excellent Summer dish, dear Barbara! :)
    Yummm! In Belgium, we make this classical salad with white asparagus! :)

  16. Delicious flavors for spring/summer. I love the simplicity of a recipe like this - it respects and celebrates the ingredients.

  17. Given my adoration of both asparagus and eggs, I just know I would love this as well!

  18. bright, flavorful, and crazy healthy!

  19. This looks very healthy but so delicious you wouldn't believe it :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  20. Yummmm...it makes me think of an asparagus quiche only easier! Sending lots of "happy" your way. xo

  21. I like the chopped egg on top of the asparagus...not only for taste but how it dresses up the dish.

  22. I would never get tired of eating green asparagus! This looks sublime!

  23. Barbara, I love this salad. And yes so pretty. That plate is lovely too. Thanks for the post. Pinned.



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