A no-fuss side dish is great when entertaining. The asparagus is cooked and chilled in advance, then stands at room temperature in the marinade while I visit and prepare the rest of the meal.
—Janice Connelley, Spring Creek, Nevada
When strawberries and asparagus are at their peak, this salad is sensational! I like to serve it for brunch or dinner. Sometimes I add grilled chicken or salmon to create a refreshing but filling main dish salad.
Especially during the summertime, this makes a nice light meal. When I prepare it for guests, I'll also serve rice and bread—it's quick and easy, but it always wins me many compliments!
I'm a homemaker with two small children, and cooking's one of my favorite hobbies.
“I enjoy taking this dish to potlucks, as everyone 'oohs' and 'ahhs' about how colorful and delicious it is!" says Patricia Smith in Golden, Colorado. "We like it at home with French bread and brie for a light supper.”
A light, lemony vinaigrette drapes the crisp asparagus in this well-seasoned salad from Linda Lacek of Winter Park, Florida. "The dressing can bleach the vegetables it touches, so toss the asparagus with the vinaigrette just before serving," Linda advises.
"Now that our six children are grown, they've started sharing recipes with me - and I love it," beams Louisville, Kentucky reader Anna Kreymborg. "This tasty way to prepare fresh asparagus - by roasting the spears, then serving them with a Dijon dressing at room temperature - came from our daughter."
We enjoy this salad in the spring with fried chicken. It's also good with turkey or chicken casseroles during winter. I even served it at Thanksgiving instead of a Waldorf salad.
I began cooking when I was 8 years old. My parents did the farm chores before breakfast, so I decided I'd surprise them one morning by making biscuits while they were outside.
I ended up with the dough on both hands that just wouldn't let loose—I can still see my mother's big grin when she came in and spot