Baby Spinach Salad with Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms


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The other day, I made a very weird discovery. For a person who eats salad everyday seven days a week, I have disproportionately few salad recipes in this site. Why? I have no idea. Perhaps it is because, usually my salads consist of either lettuce or cauliflower and broccoli, olive oil and vinegar. So, not something that interesting to talk about.

Well, I decided to change this and make a really tasty, really different salad that could easily stand on its own even as a main dish.

Another thing that motivated me to make this salad is a little secret I will share with you my friends. Throughout the 43 years of my life, I have never tried asparagus, not at least until today. And why is that, you will wonder? Now, this is really embarrassing, but when I decide to take everything out in the open, I do it with all honesty. The reason why I haven’t tried asparagus, was because I didn’t like their looks. Now, how stupid this sounds? I know, I know it sounds really stupid! But it is the absolute and honest truth. I never liked their looks and I didn’t want to eat them because of that.

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But a child has to grow up eventually, right? And the child has to put aside his or her prejudices and move on and try new things and decide that she doesn’t like them not because of their looks, but because of their flavor. Just like we must do with people. We mustn’t decide based on superficial characteristics, but based on the character each one of us carries.

Thus, and because as a person I approach everyone and everything with equal respect, I decided it was high time, I had had to change my notion for asparagus.

I made this salad on Saturday for lunch and we loved every bit of it. I never thought that asparagus, which by the way I still think they look a bit weird, would have that distinct and veggie flavor they have.

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The salad was amazing! Warm ingredients mixed with cool ones and the vinaigrette on top was the perfect complement to it all. Crunchy and soft, sweet and savory, light and filling at the same time, just made us all very happy. My son didn’t touch it, but I cannot say anything. Who am I to judge him? He is more open to new flavors than me, when I was at his age and I hope that some things that he doesn’t eat now he will be able to appreciate them as he gets older.

In the meantime, let me give you the recipe which I found here. Of course I made a few changes particularly in the vinaigrette to fit our taste. If you get the chance do try it and it won’t let you down!

 

Baby Spinach Salad with Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

Ingredients

30 gr. /1 oz. pine nuts

2 shallots, sliced

2 tbsp of parsley, finely chopped

250 gr./9 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

A bunch of rocket

2 garlic cloves, minced

150 gr./5 oz. baby spinach

½ kilo/17 oz. asparagus

1 bell pepper of any color, sliced

½ cup dried cranberries

1 cup olive oil

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp dried basil

¼ tsp dried thyme

½ tsp Herbes de Provence

¼ tsp anise

Salt and pepper to taste

 

For the Vinaigrette

1 cup olive oil

½ cup balsamico

Juice of half a lemon

½ vegetable cube

1 tbsp honey

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.

In a bowl mix the olive oil, the minced garlic, the oregano, the basil, the thyme, the Herbes De Provence, the anise and salt and pepper.

Brush the mushrooms and place them in a non-stick pan.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Brush the asparagus with the olive oil mix.

Toast slightly the pine nuts.

Place them in a non-stick pan and bake them until they become soft.

Arrange the baby spinach, the rocket, the pepper, the cranberries, the toasted pine nuts, the mushrooms, the asparagus and the shallots.

Salt and pepper to your liking.

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For the Vinaigrette

Dissolve the ½ vegetable cube in the olive oil and add the rest of the ingredients.

Mix very well.

Pour it a glass vase and place it in the fridge.

The quantity of this vinaigrette is more than the one you need for the salad, but you can use it in any other green salad. I usually make more so I don’t have to make the vinaigrette during busy weekdays. If you don’t want to store it then reduce the quantities of the ingredients to half.

Pour about 4 to 5 tbsp of the vinaigrette to the salad, toss and serve.

I am sending this to Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen!

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5.0 from 11 reviews

Baby Spinach Salad with Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms
 
Prep time

Total time

 

Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Serves: 3

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 30 gr. /1 oz. pine nuts
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 2 tbsp of parsley, finely chopped
  • 250 gr./9 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • A bunch of rocket
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 150 gr./5 oz. baby spinach
  • ½ kilo/17 oz. asparagus
  • 1 bell pepper of any color, sliced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp Herbes de Provence
  • ¼ tsp anise
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the Vinaigrette
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup balsamico
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • ½ vegetable cube
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.
  2. In a bowl mix the olive oil, the minced garlic, the oregano, the basil, the thyme, the Herbes De Provence, the anise and salt and pepper.
  3. Brush the mushrooms and place them in a non-stick pan.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Brush the asparagus with the olive oil mix.
  6. Toast slightly the pine nuts.
  7. Place them in a non-stick pan and bake them until they become soft.
  8. Arrange the baby spinach, the rocket, the pepper, the cranberries, the toasted pine nuts, the mushrooms, the asparagus and the shallots.
  9. Salt and pepper to your liking.
For the Vinaigrette
  1. Dissolve the ½ vegetable cube in the olive oil and add the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Mix very well.
  3. Pour it a glass vase and place it in the fridge.
  4. The quantity of this vinaigrette is more than the one you need for the salad, but you can use it in any other green salad. I usually make more so I don’t have to make the vinaigrette during busy weekdays. If you don’t want to store it then reduce the quantities of the ingredients to half.
  5. Pour about 4 to 5 tbsp of the vinaigrette to the salad, toss and serve.

5.0 from 11 reviews

Σαλάτα με Σπανάκι baby, Ψητά Σπαράγγια και Μανιτάρια
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Σαλάτα
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Διεθνής

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 30 γρ. κουκουνάρι
  • 2 κρεμμύδια, κομμένα σε φέτες
  • 2 κουταλιές της σούπας μαϊντανό, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 250 γρ. φρέσκα μανιτάρια, κομμένα σε φέτες
  • Ένα ματσάκι ρόκα
  • 2 σκελίδες σκόρδο, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 150 γρ. σπανάκι baby
  • ½ κιλό σπαράγγια
  • 1 πιπεριά οποιουδήποτε χρώματος, κομμένη σε ροδέλες
  • ½ φλ. αποξηραμένα cranberries
  • 1 φλ. ελαιόλαδο
  • ½ κκ.γ. ξερή ρίγανη
  • ½ κ.γ. ξερό βασιλικό
  • ¼ κ/.γ. ξερό θυμάρι
  • ½ κ.γ. βότανα Προβηγγίας
  • ¼ κ.γ. γλυκάνισο
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι
Για τη Βινεγκρέτ
  • 1 φλ. ελαιόλαδο
  • ½ φλ. balsamico
  • Χυμό από μισό λεμόνι
  • ½ κύβο λαχανικών
  • 1 κ.σ. μέλι

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προθερμένετε το φούρνο να 200 ° C.
  2. Σε ένα μπολ ανακατέψτε το λάδι, το σκόρδο, τη ρίγανη, το βασιλικό, το θυμάρι, τα βότανα Προβηγγίας, το γλυκάνισο και αλάτι και πιπέρι.
  3. Αλείψτε με αυτό τα μανιτάρια και τοποθετήστε τα σε ένα αντικολλητικό ταψί.
  4. Ψήστε για 15 λεπτά.
  5. Αλείψτε και τα σπαράγγια με το μίγμα του ελαιόλαδου.
  6. Σε ένα τηγάνι βάλτε το κουκουνάρι και ροδίστε το.
  7. Τοποθετήστε τα σπαράγγια σε ένα αντικολλητικό ταψί και ψήστε μέχρι να μαλακώσουν.
  8. Βάλτε σε ένα μπωλ το σπανάκι baby, τη ρόκα, το πιπέρι, τα cranberries, τα ροδισμένα κουκουνάρια, τα μανιτάρια, τα σπαράγγια και τα κρεμμύδια.
  9. Αλάτι και πιπέρι ανάλογα με τις προτιμήσεις σας.
Για τη βινεγκρέτ
  1. Διαλύστε ½ κύβο λαχανικών στο ελαιόλαδο και προσθέστε τα υπόλοιπα υλικά.
  2. Ανακατέψτε πολύ καλά.
  3. Βάλτε σε ένα γυάλινο βάζο και βάλτε το στο ψυγείο.
  4. Η ποσότητα αυτή της βινεγκρέτ είναι περισσότερη από αυτή που χρειάζεστε για τη σαλάτα, αλλά μπορείτε να τη χρησιμοποιήσετε σε οποιαδήποτε άλλη πράσινη σαλάτα.
  5. Κάνω συνήθως περισσότερη, έτσι έχω και για άλλες σαλάτες.
  6. Ρίξτε 4-5 κουταλιές της σούπας από τη βινεγκρέτ στη σαλάτα και σερβίρετε.

56 Responses to Baby Spinach Salad with Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

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  1. G’day! Looks very healthy indeed! Love your photo!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  3. I love this kind of salad and this one looks amazing! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  5. Chaya says:

    I wish I liked asparagus. This looks delicious and I will just have to make it without the asparagus. It still looks like a winner.

    I have been reading your recent recipes and I love what you are sharing. Thanks.

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  7. Ansh says:

    Hopped on over from Saucy cooks blog to say hello. I think this is an incredible salad. It has all my favorite things in it – Mushrooms, Asparagus, spinach, pine nuts! Delicious!

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  9. I love everything about this salad! It speaks of spring and is beautiful as well :) !

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  11. Gorgeous! I love how you put the roasted asparagus into the salad! Mushrroms and cranberries are nice adition too. This is something I can give it a try, like tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. This is one beautiful salad. I love asparagus and get tired fo the same old grilled version.

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  15. Padhu says:

    Colorful and healthy salad

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  17. Susan says:

    I loved roasted asparagus but have never tried putting it in a salad! What a delicious idea.

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  19. kiki says:

    Να δω πότε κι εγώ θα μαγειρέψω σπαράγγια!

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  21. joe says:

    You have all the right (and colourful) ingredients in your salad.
    By the way, Asperagus roots are good for pickle.

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  23. Yes! Beautifully light – seasonal… simply-prepared recipe. Highly dynamic… Love it!

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  25. Yes! Beautifully light – seasonal… simply-prepared recipe! Love it!

    P.s. There’s something to be learned in the word “rocket”: So much cooler than, “arugula”. Right?

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  27. I love this salad:) It has so many interesting and wonderful flavors. I am very fond of mushrooms and asparagus. I can’t wait to try this salad. Thanks for a great post:)

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  29. Gourmantine says:

    Well, asparagus is a weird looking thing, but it has so many possibilities! Lovely salad! Have a nice weekend :)

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  31. LinsFood says:

    This salad does have a warm look about it, I love the combination of vegetables you’ve got there and the addition of the pine nuts seals the deal for me!

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  33. Alida says:

    This salad is so good! I love all these flavours combined together and your presentation is excellent.Ciao!

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  35. MayMoh says:

    I am amused to know why you didn’t like asparagus….the look!….haha. I always hear of people dislike a food because of the taste or smell but not the look. Thanks for sharing with us. I love your salad. I would eat a big plate of it. By the way, I love asparagus. I usually stir fry it. One day I must roast it. I’m sure it’s very delicious.

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  37. Lynda says:

    This is a delicious looking salad with all the veggies you have included! Glad that you are a new convert to the joys of asparagus too. I didn’t used to like it as a kid because all my mother fixed was canned. Not Good!
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving a comment. You have a yummy looking blog here so I’ll be back visiting very often! Have a wonderful day.

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  39. I completely understand what you’re saying. There are several veggies like beets and brussels sprouts that I’ve just learned to like in recent years and I’m 52! This is a lovely salad. I have to share this recipe. Have a good weekend. :)

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  41. What a great salad! I like the combination of fresh baby spinach with the roasted asparagus and mushrooms.

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  43. Reeni says:

    I completely understand! I have been the same way. I only ate them for the first time a few years ago. Your salad is gorgeous! So vibrant and healthy and packed with great flavors.

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  45. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Katrina,
    I know what you mean about not having enough Salad’s on your site, I don’t either and like you I eat Salad all the time. This is a great salad that I would really enjoy! Hope you have a great holiday week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  47. Beth says:

    This salad looks great. I think we all have some kind of food that we’re irrationally biased against. So glad you enjoyed the asparagus!

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  49. Marion says:

    Μου έδωσες ωραία ιδέα Κατερίνα μου για τα σπαράγγια που έχω.
    Θα είναι πολύ ωραία έτσι.

    Φιλιά

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  51. This is my type of every day meal. Yes, I could eat salad every day! Yours looks fabulous.

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  53. Asmita says:

    This looks wonderful!

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  55. Ambreen says:

    Healthy & refreshing salad, looks fantastic! Gorgeous pics!

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  58. Good for you for facing your fears and trying asparagus. I have loved this veggie since childhood, always been a favorite. Yes we often have to many boring salad recipes, this one looks great and sophisticated.

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  60. Julie says:

    Beautiful salad!! I love the flavors.

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  62. Amiga luce maravillosa y saludable es una exquisitez,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  64. Ria says:

    Your photos are Perfection Katerina. I am so happy you have decided to change your ways and start sharing your salad recipe because I also make salads everyday and it sure is nice to find something new.
    Spinach is on my grocery list every week; happy you tried asparagus; they are so….good and spell Spring. I pinned it and printed it; thank you.
    Rita

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  66. beautiful salad–I like to mix warm and cool ingredients with my lettuces. It makes the salad like a complete meal. I’m glad that you’ve finally tried asparagus, and enjoy it now.

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  68. Nadji says:

    Bravo!!! Une salade très jolie et des plus appétissantes.
    A bientôt

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  70. Sissi says:

    What a gorgeous asparagus salad! Is seems we all go crazy for asparagus now :-)

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  72. Kate says:

    I have less salad recipes on my blog than we actually eat also.

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  74. Elaine says:

    Good for you for overcoming your childhood dislike of asparagus! I don’t know that I can do that with my dislike of lima beans. :) Your salad not only looks beautiful, but also looks delicious. Perfect for this time of year.

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  76. Faith says:

    So glad you tried asparagus and liked it! This salad is really gorgeous and every component you’ve added sounds delicious in there.

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  78. Laurie says:

    This looks amazing!

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  80. Teena says:

    Delicious and healthy salad!! Anybody will enjoy this!

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  82. Teena says:

    Delicious & healthy salad!! Anybody will enjoy this!!

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  84. Mary says:

    Oh, that asparagus looks delicious! I haven’t made it in ages and I’ve been craving it for a few days. Way to make a great looking salad creation.

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  86. I like a spinach salad very much but never had thought about adding asparagus. It’s a veggie we have regularly for dinner but adding to salad looks ultra special.
    I am still alternating with fish and chicken these days….trying to drop a few pounds without sacrificing flavorful meals. A good salad like this is ideal for lunch. Thanks for sharing this one!

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  88. yay for trying asparagus! we just love that vegetable here :) your salad looks so delicious! i’ll definitely be trying next time i pick some up!

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  90. Susan says:

    How funny! We eat asparagus all the time. In fact, we just planted 2 different varieties. But, your salad looks & sounds amazing.

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  92. Joanne says:

    I avoided asparagus for a long time but now I can’t get enough of it! It’s great in salads.

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  94. This salad is a beautiful balance of flavours and very refreshing – wonderful job my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  96. Yum!!! Your salad looks delicious and your culinary life will be so much richer now with asparagus in it!!

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  98. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Κατερίνα μου όλα τα υλικά της μου αρέσουν πολύ, καταπληκτικοί συνδυασμοί!!!Υπέροχη η σαλάτα σου με εξαιρετική παρουσίαση, μπράβο!!!
    Φιλιά πολλά!!!

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  100. I love asparagus now but never used to and it looks delicious in the salad. I love everything that’s in there.

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  102. Katerina … You have been nominated for my NEW Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling. Check out my site for the details (foodstoriesblog dot com).

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  104. Margarita says:

    Yay!!! I feel like we should make a toast for your brave leap into trying asparagus… there’s no turning back now right? Asparagus is truly delicious and I love it oh so much! This looks like a lovely spring/summer salad. Yum!

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  106. Looks so healthy and tasty at the same time! I love everything in this salad, Katerina! This is something I will definitely enjoy!

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  108. This does look like a tasty and well balanced salad! Love the choice of greens along with the mushrooms. I will add this to the weekly salad schedule-yum!

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  110. Ola says:

    it looks delicious, I am adding it to the waiting list:)
    I also tried asparagus first like a few years ago (they were not available and popular earlier)

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