Spargelfest Salad (Grilled Asparagus & Beet Salad W/ Honey M

Total Time
Prep 12 mins
Cook 8 mins

Wonderful German salad that is perfect for a light summer dinner or as a starter to a meal. Healthy and Tasty! Try to use German condiments when preparing this salad for a more authentic salad. WINE: Franz Karl Schmitt Riesling Spätlese Rheinhessen Niersteiner Hipping 2001 from Germany is a perfect match! Guten Appetit!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 20 pencil-thin asparagus spears, washed and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (preferably German)
  • 2 teaspoons honey (preferably German)
  • 2 teaspoons sweet mustard (preferably German)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 34 cup olive oil
  • 6 cups european mixed salad greens, pre-washed and trimmed
  • 1 (19 ounce) jar red beets, balls drained (preferably German)
  • 4 ounces sliced paper-thin black forest-style ham or 4 ounces german prosciutto
  • 6 ounces crumbled german cambozola cheese, divided
  • 13 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 4 slices toasted german bread (e.g. whole rye, "Fitnessbrot," sunflower seed or pumpernickel)
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine vinegar, honey, mustard, lemon juice, shallots, salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in olive oil.
  3. Line asparagus on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with olive oil. Roast for six minutes.
  4. Line four salad plates with European salad mix, divide beets among salads, attractively roll and arrange ham/prosciutto over salads, top each salad with five spears of grilled asparagus and sprinkle with 2 oz. Cambozola and pine nuts.
  5. Stir vinaigrette and adjust seasoning if desired; drizzle over salads.
  6. Butter toasted bread; cut each slice in half and then in half diagonally to form two triangles; sprinkle with remaining 4 oz. Cambozola and place in hot oven just to soften and warm cheese.
  7. Place four triangles around each salad and serve.
Most Helpful

If you're considering trying this salad, DO IT! We omitted the meat and shallots and used goat cheese instead of cambozola then followed the recipe exactly. DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for posting. :)

Dominick & Amanda September 28, 2008

Amazing, my family loved this salad, the combination of flavors was unbelievable. Easy to prepare and great as a starter or even a main course if you increase the proportions... trust me you will scrape your plates clean.

Salty_Officer October 17, 2007

Yum, nice combination of flavours:) I couldn't find cambolzola cheese, so used some spare Gouda I had to hand, and I totally forgot to find prosciutto, so it's as close as I could get to the recipe as a whole, but I would also like to make this again one day when I have ALL the ingredients :) This was for me an interesting mixure of flavours and did take a little getting used to. Definiately a recipe I might experiment with in the future. Please see my rating system, a lovely 4 stars :) Thanks !

kiwidutch June 12, 2006