Simple Asparagus-Berry Salad


Simple Asparagus-Berry Salad

  • Author: Dawn Palacios, RD


Grilled asparagus is THE ingredient your summer salad needs now!




  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt and pepper
  • zest from one lemon
  • juice from one lemon
  • 12 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the salad:

  • 1 bunch asparagus, grilled and cut into 2” pieces
  • 1/2 cup fresh peas
  • 3 cups +/- mixed salad greens
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1 whole broasted chicken, shredded
  • 1 watermelon radish, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh berries (I used a mix of blueberries and raspberries)
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1/2 c. coarsely chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled.


  1. Make the basil & mint dressing: In a food processor, pulse together the herbs, garlic, lemon juice and zest, honey, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings. Set aside in jar.

Prepare the salad:

  1. First, grill asparagus. Toss spears with olive oil and grill for 3-4 minutes per side on stove top or gas grill.  Then, allow to cool and chop asparagus into 2-inch pieces.
  2. Prepare peas: Blanch them for about 45 seconds in a pot of boiling, salted water. Remove immediately and transfer to a bowl of ice water. Let cool, then drain.
  3. In a large bowl toss together the asparagus, peas, salad greens,  and radish slices.
  4. Transfer the salad to a platter or large serving bowl.
  5. Top with shredded chicken, avocado slices, and fresh berries.
  6. Add as much of the dressing as you like and toss again. Add the pistachios and goat cheese, and additional chopped fresh herbs as desired.