White Nectarine Salad Over Asparagus

 

Unlike many people, I LOVE to go grocery shopping... fun right? 

Perhaps it's because I love to eat, perhaps it's because I love to cook (or both), but the act of perusing and purchasing food for my family makes me truly happy. I frequent several different stores and farmers markets, but Trader Joes and our local mom 'n pop grocer are my favorites. 

 

This recipe was born on a late Sunday morning. I had woken up early, consumed black coffee, brought home a huge array of goods from the grocery store and put them all away to find myself famished and overwhelmed at what I could make.

 

Interestingly enough, I was too hungry to want to spend time cooking a fancy meal, and I'm sure a lot of your often feel that way! When creating a quick dish, I follow my senses and choose foods that when combined look beautiful and offer a variety of nutrients, colors, textures and flavors. 

 

If you don't have time to make a hot meal, try this simple salad! It is sweet, crunchy, savory, sweet and filling. Also, I always keep a dozen hardboiled eggs in the fridge as they are the perfect on-the-go snack or protein addition to any meal!

Hope you enjoy! 

- Jess

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 spears of asparagus
  • 1 white nectarine, cubed
  • 2 large eggs, hardboiled, cubed
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS: 

  1. Heat olive oil in frying pan over medium heat. 
  2. Add asparagus. Season with garlic, salt and pepper. Saute about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Remove asparagus and place on dish. Add walnuts and toast for a few minutes. To avoid burning, toss them in pan frequently.
  4. Assemble eggs and nectarine over asparagus. Sprinkle hot walnuts on top and basil.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste!