Asparagus is one of the first tastes of spring in Ontario, and the season for fresh local asparagus is right around the corner. But I can never properly wait for the local growings to arrive — as soon as the weather warms up, I'm reminded of this sweet, tender full-flavored delicacy. Fortunately a nearby store has top quality and astoundingly fresh imported produce all year round — it may be cheating a bit, but who's going to be upset about that?
This simple-to-prepare wild rice and asparagus salad is something that I make every year. The earthy flavors of the wild rice, lentils and mushrooms are accented perfectly by the sweet and crisp asparagus and the tart warmth of a balsamic vinegar dressing. For the vegans in the audience, simply leave out the Parmesan cheese.
|Wild Rice and Asparagus Salad|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on April 28, 2007
Simple cooked salad with earthy wild rice, lentils and mushrooms, sweet fresh asparagus and a tart balsamic vinegar dressing