Weekend Recipe: Toasted Almond and Asparagus Salad

It's been a crazy few weeks. Hence, no blogging or cooking. I was in NYC 2 weeks ago for work and a bachelorette party. Then last week Brian's parents were in town, so this weekend is one for us to re-group and relax. We might even sneak a trip in up to Sonoma to start looking at wedding venues!

This very summery salad recipe is simple, delicious and healthy. Head to your local farmer's market to get the freshest asparagus and tomatoes. Have a great weekend everyone!

Toasted Almond and Asparagus Salad
makes 4 side servings

1 bunch asparagus (trimmed and cut into 1in. pieces)
1 cup whole cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup raw almond slices/slivers
1/4 cup goat cheese (crumbled)
salt and pepper
olive oil

for the dressing:
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lemon (juiced)
1 tbsp Dijon mustard

Start by getting out a small saute pan and a medium sauce pan.

Add the raw almonds to a dry saute pan and heat to medium. Keep an eye on the almonds to make sure they don't burn. Shake them around periodically, cooking for a total of 8-10 minutes. You want them to brown up and become fragrant, but not burn. Remove to a mixing bowl.

Add olive oil to saute pan and add cherry tomatoes. Add a dash of salt and cook for 5 minutes. Remove to mixing bowl with almonds.

At the same time as the almonds and tomatoes cook, bring a sauce pan or pot of salted water to a boil. Drop in the asparagus and blanch for 5 minutes. Remove from boiling water directly to a bowl of ice cold water. You want to stop the cooking so it doesn't get soft and soggy. Once cooled, add to the bowl with the almonds and tomatoes.

Whisk together the dressing and pour over the vegetables. Add goat cheese crumbles, salt and pepper and mix to combine.

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