Strawberry Asparagus Salad with Bacon & Almonds

Strawberry Asparagus Salad [gluten-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Strawberry Asparagus Salad with Bacon & Almonds is bursting with flavor and full of nutrients!

Sweet fresh and local strawberries combined with salty bacon, nutty almonds, steamed asparagus and perfectly cooked chicken = the ultimate mid-Simmer salad!

Asparagus

Spring produce is back! Asparagus, strawberries, radishes, artichokes… I love this time of year. Just when you think the Winter will last forever, the sun starts coming out, there is less and less need for that heavy jacket, and you’re just about ready to turn the grill on permanently.

Asparagus is one of those vegetables that is just so Spring.

My go-to? Simple roasted asparagus seasoned and finished off with a touch of lemon!

You can’t go wrong. This season I have made it my mission to explore the ways to use asparagus, though… Salads, soups, you name it!

How To Prepare Asparagus

Let’s kick the season off with this Strawberry Asparagus Salad!

Strawberry Asparagus Salad with Bacon & Almonds | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

 

Add in grilled or pan-fried chicken to make it a rounded protein-packed meal (even though asparagus is a good source of protein), and ta-da, a perfect Spring meal!

 

Paleo-friendly, dairy-free, and grain-free! Omit the honey in the dressing to make this salad Whole30 compliant!

 

 

 

Aroundtheweb

Shaved Asparagus and Sausage Sweet Potato Noodle Pasta from Inspiralized

Lemon Ginger Asparagus with Toasted Almonds from The Healthy Maven

Sesame Roasted Asparagus from The Corner Kitchen

Cream of Roasted Asparagus Soup from Nutmeg Nanny

Hot and Spicy Balsamic Vinegar Asparagus from Imagina Inventae Intenta

Pan-Seared Halibut with Corn Hash and Asparagus Pureé from Crazy Foodie Stunts

5- Ingredient Asparagus with Curry Sauce from Cookin’ Canuck

Asparagus, Dill, and Onion Egg Casserole from Everyday Maven

Dijon Maple Asparagus from Food Faith Fitness

Spring Harvest Buddha Bowl with a Dill Vinaigrette from With Food & Love

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What is your favorite way to cook asparagus?

Strawberry Asparagus Salad with Bacon & Almonds

Preparation 5 min 2017-09-20T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 10 min 2017-09-20T00:10:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus
  • 4 slices nitrate-free bacon
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
  • Optional: 1 lb grilled chicken breasts
  • Optional: 3 cups fresh spinach

Strawberry Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup organic strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Steam asparagus for 5 minutes, or until tender and set aside. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Place on a plate lined with paper towels while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Once bacon is done, pour almost all of the bacon fat into a heat-proof bowl or jar and place in the fridge to solidify before disposing of it! Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Place chicken in the skillet with the small amount of bacon fat. Cook until browned on each side.
  4. Place all of the vinaigrette ingredients into a blender. Blend until well combined.
  5. For serving: Place optional spinach on a serving dish. Top with steamed asparagus, sliced strawberries, almonds, and bacon. Drizzle with dressing and serve with extra dressing on the side!
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