Zesty Asparagus and White Bean Salad

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READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by BeccaReb

Adapted from Farmer John's Cookbook by John Peterson (Gibbs Smith, 2006). The long months of winter greens and root vegetables are coming to a close, and what better way to tip your hat to spring eating than with asparagus? In this recipe for Asparagus and White Bean Salad, asparagus takes center stage with a cast of enthusiastic flavors like feta, lemon zest, mint and radishes. Hello spring! Served with crusty bread, this salad makes a terrific meal. SIMPLE SOLUTION: White beans provide a delectable, hearty tenderness, without overwhelming the asparagus. Tangy feta, zesty lemon, and a touch of mint gives this salad a bright and refreshing flavor. If you have a special steamer just for asparagus, in which the asparagus is steamed standing upright, cut the asparagus into pieces after steaming.

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Directions

  1. Place the asparagus in a steamer basket, set over 1 1/2 inches boiling water, and cover. Steam until the spears are tender yet firm, 4 to 7 minutes depending on thickness. Drain and place in an ice water bath (or under cold water) for a moment to stop the cooking.
  2. Put the olive oil, lemon juice, fresh mint, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and whisk until well combined. Drain asparagus.
  3. Combine the beans, feta, radishes, and scallions in a large bowl. Add the asparagus pieces. Pour on the dressing and gently toss. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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