Spring Salad with Asparagus and Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette

Asparagus is a delicious flowering spring vegetable and believe it or not was once classified in the lily family, along with garlic and onions. See what you can learn in 20 seconds on Google? For the next few months I will pretty much be tossing asparagus into everything, starting with this Spring Salad with Asparagus and Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette!
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Spring Salad with Asparagus and Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette

The Greens:

I LOVE this salad! Greens include an organic lettuce mix of frisee, spinach, purple cabbage and arugula. .

 

Spring Salad with Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette

 

The Rest…

Salty pancetta…

Spring Salad with Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette
 
…roasted hazelnuts …

Spring Salad with Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette
 
…soft Italian Asiago…

Spring Salad with Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette
 
…and blanched asparagus spears.

Spring Salad with Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette

 

The Dressing:

Then this salad is drizzled in the most amazing Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette made with olive oil, honey, chipotle chili powder (affiliate link)…
 
Spring Salad with Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette
 
…and my favorite vinegar of all time, this White Balsamic (affiliate link) by the Malpighi Family of Italy!  (I also like this one)

Spring Salad with Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette

When combined you have a sweet, spicy dressing that is perfection on this mouth watering salad.

Spring Salad with Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette
 
Gorgeous even before it’s dressed!
 
Spring Salad with Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette

The Recipe: Spring Salad with Asparagus and Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette

You will need: White Balsamic vinegar  (I also like this one) and chipotle chili powder. (affiliate links)

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Spring Salad with Asparagus and Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette

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Ingredients

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 cups organic greens (I use a mix of frisee, spinach, arugula and cabbage)
  • 4 thick slices pancetta, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup soft asiago, grated on large holes of cheese grater
  • 4 asparagus spears, cut into 1" pieces and blanched
  • 1/3 cup roasted Hazelnuts (sometimes called Filberts)

Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 T White Balsamic (I highly recommend this one!)
  • 1 T honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground chipotle chili powder (more if you like it hotter)
  • sea salt, one pinch
  • few turns freshly ground pepper (I love this battery operated pepper grinder)

Instructions

Salad Prep

  1. Cook pancetta till crispy, place on paper towels till cool then chop. Set small pot of water to boil. Cut asparagus into 1" pieces. Place asparagus into boiling water for three minutes. Strain and rinse with cold water, set aside. If the hazelnuts you purchased are raw, toast them by placing them in a pan on medium heat till they are toasted. Allow to cool and then use fingers to peel off the brown skin. Grate cheese. Place all ingredients on a platter and toss.

Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette Prep:

  1. Place all ingredients in a glass container and whisk or shake. Lightly dress greens and toss. Serve.

 

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11 thoughts on “Spring Salad with Asparagus and Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette

  1. Im a salad addict, and can’t wait to try this one! I love chipotle in ANYTHING, but have not yet tried it in a salad dressing, so thanks for that! Will be giving this one a whirl on the weekend with some bbq’d chicken

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