Mesclun Salad with Grilled Asparagus & Raspberries #BrunchWeek

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Welcome to the fifth annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.  Today is Day#2 in my line-up for the deliciousness that is #BrunchWeeek!Mesclun Salad with Grilled Asparagus & Raspberries

I am a salad girl, as you may know and even with Brunch, I love to have a great salad to balance out all the goodies that I may be stuffing in my face all day! I found this wonderful salad in a catering cookbook, called (affiliate link) Divine Kosher Cuisine . Now, I don’t keep kosher, but I do love any cuisine calling itself “divine!” This is a great book full of make ahead recipes and whole chapter dedicated to salad, which is my jam.

What makes this salad special is the addition  of garlic-streusel, which is just bread-crumbs and garlic sautéed in a little butter. And it totally makes this salad sing! I adore asparagus, and it is so easy to use a grill pan to quickly cook it up for this salad. See?Grilled Asparagus

Thank you especially to Michigan Asparagus for sponsoring and inspiring recipes during #BrunchWeek! Want to know some random fact about Michigan Asparagus? I knew it! Here are some of the cool things about Michigan Asparagus:

  1. The season is early/mid May – June
  2. They are one of the only (and largest) domestic production regions for US grown asparagus. That means less food miles and fresher asparagus that isn’t coming from some other country.
  3. The hand harvested spears are “snapped” versus cut. What that means is you get fresher, more usable asparagus with less woody end.

So now you know. You’re welcome! Here’s the recipe:

Mesclun Salad with Grilled Asparagus & RaspberriesMesclun Salad with Grilled Asparagus & Raspberries

Ingredients:

Garlic Streusel:

3/4 cups fresh bread crumbs, or panko crumbs
1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, pressed

For the salad:

6 cups mesclun mix (spring greens)
16  asparagus spears
1 pint fresh raspberries
Favorite vinaigrette dressing (if you can find raspberry vinaigrette, it’s wonderful!)

Directions:

In a medium skillet, add the oil, breadcrumbs and garlic and sauté over medium low heat for 5-7 minutes until lightly browned. Take care not to burn as the garlic will get bitter. Set aside.

Assemble: Grill the asparagus spears on the stove in a grill pan, or on your grill, until bright green but not wilted. Remove when done and cut into 1-inch pieces. Toss the greens lightly with the dressing. Add the asparagus spears and raspberries. Sprinkle the garlic streusel over the top. Serve individually or on a large platter for a buffet.

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Mesclun Salad with Grilled Asparagus & Raspberries


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