I made this salad to go with some BBQ we were having last night as a light side dish for a hot night.
Yes I said hot night! Crazy right? It is March and it has been in the 80's all week. If this is Global Warming and we are coming to an end... hell I'm going to enjoy Earth while I can!
So we beached it up yesterday afternoon. What a strange site to be standing in snow in your 2 piece when it is 83 degrees out. Though we most definitely were not swimming it was nice to lay out in the sun and play in the sand for the afternoon.
Today will be round two of beach fun in March.
Try this salad out for a light lunch or a side dish for dinner. Goes great with almost anything!
Asparagus Chickpea Salad with a Lemon Honey Vinaigrette (with some heat!)
2lbs of fresh asparagus chopped into bite sized pieces
1 can of chickpeas rinsed well
2 lemons (zest and juice)
2 tbs of minced garlic
1 tbs of red pepper flakes (or more if you like things hot!)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 1/2 tbs of honey
In a bowl whisk together, the juice zest,garlic, pepper flakes, cumin, olive oil, honey. Set aside.
In boiling water toss you your chopped asparagus in and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from water and place into an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
Toss asparagus and you rinsed chickpeas with your dressing. Allow to sit in the refrigerator covered for about an hour before serving. Toss the salad before dishing up.