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Asparagus Salad with Bacon and Butter Lettuce

This raw salad is a great way to use those tiny asparagus spears that can go limp when cooked. The anchovy fillets add a savory (not fishy) note to the Caesar-like dressing, which tastes good on anything from hard-boiled eggs to roasted vegetables to grilled steak.


For the salad dressing:

For the salad:


To make the salad dressing:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cheese, anchovies, garlic and lemon juice.
  2. While whisking, add the olive oil in a slow steady stream, whisking until emulsified.
  3. Season to taste with pepper. Stir in the parsley.

To make the salad:

  1. Add the asparagus, scallions and mint to the dressing and toss until the vegetables are well coated with the dressing.
  2. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a large platter. Top with the asparagus mixture. 
  3. Crumble the bacon over the salad and serve at once.