Asparagus and White Bean Salad with Feta and Lemon Dressing

Asparagus and White Bean Salad with Feta and Lemon Dressing
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Served with crusty bread, this salad makes a terrific meal. White beans provide a delectable hearty-tenderness, without overwhelming the delicate asparagus. Tangy feta, zesty lemon, and a touch of mint give this salad a bright and refreshing flavor. Friend of the Farm.
  • 1 pound asparagus, cut on an angle in 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked or canned white beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions
  1. Place the asparagus in a steamer basket set over 1½ inches boiling water, and cover. Steam until the spears are tender-firm, 4 to 7 minutes depending on thickness. Drain and place in an ice water bath (or under cold, running water) for a moment to stop the cooking.
  2. Put the olive oil, lemon juice, fresh mint, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and whisk until well combined. Drain asparagus.
  3. Combine the beans, feta, radishes, and scallions in a large bowl. Add the asparagus pieces. Pour on the dressing and gently toss. Serve at room temperature or chilled.