Favourite Way to Eat Asparagus? Tasty Asparagus Salad

What’s your favourite way to eat asparagus?

We could invent tons of fancy combinations to jazz it up, but truthfully my favourite way to eat asparagus is to enjoy the pure flavour on its own, complimented only by a dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

And a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil if you eat oil.

So cook the asparagus in generously salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes, then drain the water away and cover the pan with a lid for a moment.

If the asparagus is absolutely perfect, you can plunge it into ice water to stop it from cooking more and losing its bright green colour.

But normally, the asparagus is slightly hard still and leaving it in the pan for an extra minute with the lid on gives it time to soften up a touch more.

I love to eat asparagus on its own, just as it is, for a starter or a snack – or a treat.

But if I’m going to make more of a meal of it, then asparagus salad is my top pick.

For me, all the other fancy ways of making asparagus are just a waste of the moment.

Cut up in omelette, you lose the asparagus – roasted in the oven, you end up with smaller less flavoursome asparagus (in my opinion) and in a stir-fry, the asparagus is a lost opportunity.

No, if I’m going to eat asparagus, I’m going to EAT it!

See it!

Appreciate its delicate flavour!

After all it isn’t the cheapest of vegetables so why not make a special even of it?

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Preparing the Asparagus

Choose the bunch of asparagus that looks plump (not getting shrivelled) and bright green in colour.

Wash each stem under running water and hold it between two hands.

Now gently bend the asparagus spear until it snaps off. It will snap at the point where the tough meets the flexible part of the stem, so that you don’t have to have tough chewy non-edible bits in your final salad.

Choose as narrow a saucepan as you have and bring some salted water to the boil.

Place the asparagus base first into the water, allowing the tips to sit up against the side of the pan until they slip and fall into the water.

It isn’t essential to cook them in this way, but it helps to stop the tops from getting overcooked, as they cook so much faster than the bases.

If you don’t have a narrow pan, just cook the whole asparagus in the boiling water.

Reduce the heat to simmer so that the asparagus don’t get battered around by the boiling water.

After 3-4 minutes, try a stem.

If it’s almost perfect but a tiny bit hard, drain the water from the pan and leave the asparagus in the pan with a lid on for another minute.

Remove the lid and use the asparagus in your salad.

Alternatively, if the asparagus if getting over cooked for whatever reason, or if you prefer to eat it cold, plunge it into ice water and it will retain its vibrant green colour.

Other Suggestions to Enjoy Asparagus

Asparagus is flexible. There are so many different ways to enjoy it.

My Favourite Way to Eat Asparagus is in a Delicious Asparagus Salad

To make an asparagus salad you need to build the dish from the ground up. Start off with green leaves, followed by sliced cucumber and tomato and celery.

On top of that, big slabs of air-fried tofu (or smaller cubes if you prefer).

Slice up half an avocado and place the slices onto your salad bowl, coupled with a slice of apple next to each slice.

You can also add some beans or chickpeas to the dish.

Now comes the crowning moment of placing as many asparagus as possible over the top of the salad bowl and finish with a sprinkling of nuts.

Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the asparagus and you’re ready for lift off.

Deliciously simple wfpbno food!

(wdpbno = whole food plant based no oil)

Of course, if you eat oil, go ahead and drizzle it with some cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil.

OMG Yummmm

Delicious Asparagus Salad

Serving Size:
Serves 2
15 minutes


  • green leaves (lettuce, lambs leaves, spinach . . . )
  • celery
  • sliced cucumber
  • sliced red pepper
  • sliced tomato
  • sliced apple
  • sliced avocado
  • air fried tofu slabs
  • one bunch of asparagus


  1. Cook the asparagus in boiling salted water for 3-4 minutes. Keep a check on them and don’t let them lose their bright green colour.
  2. Drain the asparagus from the water and leave in the pan to steam for 1 more minute.
  3. Air fry the tofu slabs for 4 minutes on high
  4. Arrange all the ingredients in a bowl and serve with lemon juice squeezed over the asparagus
  5. Sprinkle with mixed nuts

I hope you fall in love with this asparagus salad as much as I have!

Asparagus is only an occasional treat for me, so when I eat it, I like to make it king of the dish!

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