After an uncommonly cool spring, it is suddenly blazing hot here in southwestern Ontario. So this means that salads are in order, both to cool and refresh the palate and to avoid hovering over a hot stove for lengthy periods of time. This sudden heat wave also happens to coincide with the beginning of asparagus season here, and that happens to be my husband’s favorite vegetable.
Asparagus is delicious on its own with just a little lemon juice and salt, of course, but it also pairs wonderfully with simple flavors as a backdrop — think potatoes, for example. For this salad, tender cannellini beans serve as the backdrop to a serving of lightly steamed crunchy asparagus tossed in a lively and creamy lemon, tarragon and grainy mustard dressing. And mushrooms are my weakness, so I added them into the mix. It all comes together for a simple but elegant and satisfying summer meal, served up with some crusty bread.
|Cannellini Bean and Asparagus Salad with Mushrooms|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner
Published on May 27, 2016
Refreshing and elegant summer white bean salad with fresh crunchy asparagus and sautéed mushrooms tossed in a lemony mustard and tarragon dressing
Makes 4 to 6 servings
This is my contribution to No Croutons Required. A monthly event showcasing vegetarian soups and salads, alternately hosted by Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes and myself. It is my turn to host this month.Apply for a Loan here without collateral in Africa from African Development bank