Everyday Cooking

Spring Salad with Asparagus and Soft-Boiled Eggs

May 13, 2013

Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: A simple pleasure of spring, meant to be enjoyed alone.

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We tend to often think and write about cooking as something we do for others, but once in a while, I think it is important to celebrate the solo meal. So for week two of three in the celebration of asparagus, I bring you Spring Salad with Asparagus and Soft-Boiled Eggs, which I fixed myself for lunch on Mother’s Day.

I often fail to remember how delicious fresh, raw asparagus, the centerpiece of this dish, can be. There is little in the way of extra instruction you need here, other than to not overcook your egg (though if it ends up hard boiled it will still be great), to not fret if you have no herbs, and to inform you that really you can use any lettuce you like. The dressing is a nice surprise.

More: Want to cook your egg a little longer? You're allowed. Here's how.

I did not have any feta but discovered a lovely Tomme in the top drawer of my fridge that I had forgotten about, which was akin to finding a pair of unworn Jimmy Choos in the closet.

As I prepped this salad, I stood in my dirty running clothes in the kitchen, playing the Dixie Chicks as loud as my iPod dock would go, using a wooden spoon as my “microphone.” Some pleasures really are meant to be enjoyed alone.

Spring Salad with Asparagus and Soft-Boiled Eggs by Girl Farm Kitchen

Serves 1

1 egg
1 small head tender green lettuce
5 stalks asparagus
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 shot squeeze lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 handful fresh parsley or cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1 splash olive oil
One 2-inch cube feta, crumbled
Salt & pepper

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

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Carol M. June 25, 2013
It made a great late supper this evening. Yum!
Gildy May 18, 2013
I could do that and may...even on a limited budget I try to eat healthily and salad are not the cheapest items to buy in the supermarket here in the UK. I have the usual eggs, lettuce, tomato, spring onions, cucumber, sometimes potatoes/chips, sometimes ham or salmon etc.. so to have alternatives to choose from is great. It helps to have someone suggest a change...thanks.
Jestei May 19, 2013
I hope you have nice asparagus there!
glutwin May 15, 2013
This is gorgeousness...simplified. Question...Did you use white balsamic or the darker variant for this exquisite salad?! Here in France, a good Tomme fromage is quite easy to find...do you prefer the softer or more aged ones here?..This screams SPRING to me and I cannot wait to get my Dixie Chicks on and mimick your performance as well as this deliciousness-evoking recipe!
Thank you for your generous share!
Jestei May 19, 2013
I used dark balsamic but I think you could use either. Enjoy your tomme!
gt9 May 13, 2013
Happy Mother's Day from Jenny to Jenny...nice!
Jestei May 13, 2013
why thanks!
riseabovejewelry May 13, 2013
This looks so great I am going to try it.Thanks!!
Jestei May 13, 2013
hope u love
healthierkitchen May 13, 2013
Mmmmm. We've been getting some great asparagus the last couple of weeks at the farm stands - wonderful!
Jestei May 13, 2013
I know right?
Midge May 13, 2013
Yum! Sounds like lunch today.
Midge May 13, 2013
So it was lunch today-- oddly enough I had all the ingredients -- and it was delicious! Added a few slivers of spring onion. Only thing missing was a glass of rose.
Jestei May 13, 2013
You should correct that :) Glad you enjoyed it.