Cold asparagus salad with prosciutto

Cold asparagus salad with prosciutto

So easy! Steam green and white asparagus until tender, cut into short bite-size lengths, toss with rucola, shaved parmigiano, and season with evoo, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and top with prosciutto.

Obligations for each weekend this month hasn’t allowed us any chance of checking out local asparagus festivals, so what do we do? We celebrate asparagus at home. Serve this outside on a warm sunny day and follow with grilled fish or roasted chicken. A bottle of chilled white wine is not optional!

And if you happen to find yourself with more asparagus than you know what to do with

Asparagus lasagna

When I’m feeling vegetarian, I make this asparagus lasagne with ricotta, soy milk bechamel (purchased from a health food store) and mushrooms in between the layers.

Asparagus in asian dishes

It is a versatile vegetable in asian dishes and stir-fries

Asparagi rosa con le uova

Still, my favorite way to eat it is with fried eggs, butter, and grated parmigiano.

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8 thoughts on “Cold asparagus salad with prosciutto

    1. Rowena Post author

      The idea for that salad came from a lunch that we had in Belgium, only they used spanish jamon instead of prosciutto. Simple and delicious!

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  1. kat

    Everything looks so good! Haven’t come across asparagus too much in our markets, maybe I need to look a little better 🙂

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Indeed, but I think the most unusual idea was this asparagus sorbet that I had at a sagra 9 years ago. It was more like a mousse dessert with whipped cream!
      asparagus sorbet

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  2. Nonna T

    Asparagus is always a treat. Thanks for the ideas. When we were on our way to Ascoli Piceno one time in the spring, I noticed people on the roadside selling the wild asparagus. Have you every tried it?

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    1. Rowena Post author

      I’ve never come across the roadside stands but I did find them in a tiny little grocery store in Gubbio one year. The grandmother working there could not understand why I got so excited when I spotted the last bundle!

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