Asparagus Salad with Creamy Walnut Dressing

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This is a simple and super-healthy salad starring fresh green asparagus, radicchio and black beans, matched with a wonderfully creamy and balanced dressing made of yogurt, walnuts, lemon juice and balsamic bianco. This vegetarian salad tastes extremely delicious and very appropriate for spring.

SaladYogurt Walnut Dressing
  • 1 bunch Fresh green asparagus, trimmed
  • 1/2 Radicchio, leaves separated
  • 1 Small carrot, thinly shredded
  • 150 g Homemade black beans, drained
  • Walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 8 Walnut halves
  • 250 g Plain yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic bianco
  • 2 tsp Finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 tbsp Fresh lemon thyme leaves
  • Salt and white pepper
  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil over high heat. Add asparagus. Boil for 2 minutes or until just tender. Drain. Rinse under cold water and drain them well.
  2. Arrange radicchio leaves on a large serving plate or a salad bowl and top with shredded carrot, asparagus and black beans. Sprinkle some roasted chopped walnuts over.
  3. To make the dressing, place the walnuts, yogurt, lemon juice, balsamic lemon rind and lemon thyme in a blender and process until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad to serve. | © 2014 | | © 2014 |


noobcook 9/4/14 05:33

a perfect plate for spring. looks lovely!

Made In Our Kitchen 9/4/14 05:51

This salad looks super scrumptious.

Prash@YummilyYours 9/4/14 05:52

The yogurt walnut dressing sounds refreshing!

Sokehah cheah 9/4/14 06:02

This salad looks very refreshing and healthy too..... lovely clicks!

Unknown 9/4/14 07:28

I can't wait to get hold of some asparagus and make this. I like radicchio as well :) ela@GrayApron

tigerfish 9/4/14 07:36

A super salad with nutritious asparagus, black beans and even walnut dressing!

ann low 9/4/14 08:27

I love fresh and healthy salad. Your salad makes me want to eat more!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 9/4/14 08:58

Beautiful and really appetizing! A great idea.



Anonymous 9/4/14 09:55

I love asparagus! This is another winner of a recipe Angie.
:-) Mandy xo

Medeja- CranberryJam 9/4/14 10:36

The salad looks great, but the best thing about it is that dressing.. :)

Emma | Fork and Good 9/4/14 10:46

That dressing sounds perfect, and with all the different textures in the dish too.... yum!

Couscous & Consciousness 9/4/14 11:01

What a gorgeous salad - asparagus is hands down my favourite vegetable, and I'm already hanging out for the arrival of next spring! Never would have thought to add the black beans - can't wait to give that a try.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 9/4/14 12:25

Fabulous salad Angie. I adore asparagus but I've never paired it with black beans. Genius!

Tertúlia da Susy 9/4/14 12:30

Uma receita linda e bonita com essas cores!

great-secret-of-life 9/4/14 12:46

must try this dressing so interesting.. bookmarked Angie

Beena 9/4/14 13:24

Bookmarked recipe . Love ur dressing

Anh 9/4/14 13:29

Beautiful salad indeed! I would steal that walnut dressing idea soon :)

Joanne 9/4/14 14:04

I am super happy about asparagus season and this salad sounds perfect for celebrating it!

Candice 9/4/14 14:17

Looks like a healthy and delicious way to enjoy spring!

[Reply] 9/4/14 15:39

I love any type of salad and this walnuts dressing looks evenly. I need to start making more salad dressings, especially given the fact at how many salads we eat :-)

Erica 9/4/14 15:55

What a wonderful salad,Angie! Great textures and flavors!

[Reply] 9/4/14 16:05

Absolutely a #1 salad and that dressing...oh boy I am ready!

Pilar. Cook and Spoon 9/4/14 16:08

I love asparagus and I can't stop cooking them now that they are in season. This will be my next recipe.

Elisabeth 9/4/14 16:10

Be still my heart!!! Oh, my...simply adore this gorgeous droolworthy asparagus salad; so colorful, crunchy, and I just love, love the yogurt dressing, with the walnuts! Yumm
Thanks for sharing, Angie!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 9/4/14 16:41

This is such a pretty, creative way to serve asparagus for spring entertaining! I love it, Angie.

Sweet Posy Dreams 9/4/14 17:03

Yum! We love asparagus; never thought of pairing it with black beans. I'll have to pin this for the future.

Amelia 9/4/14 17:50

Hi Angie, that's a beautiful and refreshing salad. Nice click!

Have a wonderful day ahead,regards.

Pam 9/4/14 17:52

Plate full of tastiness. I love everything about this salad.

Nammi 9/4/14 18:45

yumm, you make really delicious looking salad Angie :). I never had raddichio . Love the colour contrast :)

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 9/4/14 18:48

Gorgeous spring salad and the dressing sounds amazing. The addition of black beans is very interesting. Thanks!

Priya Suresh 9/4/14 19:52

I can happily have this fantastic salad for my dinner rite now, seriously am in love with that dressing.

Geni 9/4/14 20:17

Oh my gosh! That salad looks so tantalizing and the dressing dreamy.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 9/4/14 21:17

A beautiful salad to celebrate spring, Angie! I have been getting my share of beautiful asparagus lately and am always happy to have a new way to enjoy it.

Cheri Savory Spoon 9/4/14 21:25

What a gorgeous dish, love radicchio and salmon together. Perfect combination!

fimere 9/4/14 22:07

une belle salade bien rafraîchissante
bonne soirée

Erin | Well Plated 9/4/14 22:50

Asparagus is my spring true love! I have some in my fridge as I write this. Dinner anyone?

Ashley 9/4/14 23:13

Oh wow, this sounds exactly like my kind of salad! I can't get enough asparagus right now and that yogurt/walnut dressing sounds out of this world!

Monica 10/4/14 00:01

I love a salad like this with lots of textures and flavors going on. I'm having family over on Saturday and will put something like this together.

Rosita Vargas 10/4/14 01:50

Se ve muy bueno su ensalada saludable super precioso,abrazos

Catherine 10/4/14 03:02

Dear Angie, What a beautiful, healthy and springtime dish for the Easter holiday. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Lite Home Bake 10/4/14 03:55

Hi Angie! I only wish i can eat off the screen, pretty sure i will always stay healthy if i could :)

Mother Rimmy 10/4/14 04:10

You and I are on the same page when it comes to asparagus. I just sent out my newsletter with nothing but asparagus recipes. I love the dressing you've used. I have a bowl full in my frig already steamed and ready to go.

Unknown 10/4/14 05:32

Gorgeous salad-love the asparagus and the creamy dressing-will have to try this one, thanks Angie ;)

Unknown 10/4/14 05:53

Love the beautiful colours of the salad and I love the idea of using walnuts to make a rich thick salad dressing.

Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style 10/4/14 06:12

I love your baked goods, of course, but I especially look forward to your salads. This one is beautiful, Angie!

The Yum List 10/4/14 06:55

I bet asparagus and walnuts are great together.

Alida 10/4/14 08:29

Let's make the most of asparagus season! You certainly have with this lovely salad. This could be a meal on its own with the addition of walnuts. It would be my ideal lunch.
Take care X

Anonymous 10/4/14 10:44

this yummy salad combines all our favorite ingredients....asparagus,walnuts and yogurt...a must try recipe for this summer,thanks so much for the inspiration....the clicks are amazing :-)

MunatyCooking 10/4/14 11:55

This salad is not only healthy and I'm sure tastes great, but it's the type of salads that can replace a meal. I have to try this salad dressing :)

Barbara 10/4/14 13:38

I love salads like this, Angie, chock full of goodies. Super dressing to top it off!

Elin Chia 10/4/14 15:46

Angie.... this is truly a Spring salad and I think I would love the yoghurt walnut dressing. Thanks for sharing ;)

Jeannie Tay 10/4/14 17:12

the dressing sounds delicious and refreshing! I have not tried using yoghurt to make dressing before!

Hema 10/4/14 18:16

Colorful salad and the dressing looks so creamy and tasty..

Jennifer Kendall 10/4/14 19:41

such a vibrant and beautiful salad Angie! I just adore asparagus!

FLAVZCORNER 10/4/14 19:59

The crisp green asparagus with creamy dressing is the perfect combination for a spring salad!!!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 10/4/14 22:34

What a perfect spring salad and one that can be used for a side or a main course! Lovely, Angie!

Shashi 11/4/14 04:34

Good golly yum! What a gorgeous and flavorful salad!

kitchen flavours 11/4/14 05:58

Gorgeous salad! And the creamy walnut dressing sounds good!

Veronica's Kitchen 11/4/14 06:58

This yummy salad has a lot of texture, crispy, creamy and so colourful!

Ana Regalado 11/4/14 10:51

What a beautiful spring time salad , Angie ! The vibrant color of veggies and the creamy walnut dressing combo sounds wonderful and so delish !

Cass @foodmyfriend 11/4/14 11:56

I need more salad inspiration! I'm a vegetarian chef now. This looks great!

Joanne 11/4/14 13:12

This salad is a perfect meal! I love that it contains spring veggies and legumes for protein!

Diana 11/4/14 13:34

It looks tasty. Nice.

Caroline Taylor 11/4/14 14:01

That dressing sounds great, especially with asparagus.

lenia 11/4/14 15:20

A beautiful salad, tasteful and what's more packed with nutrients!
Kisses,dear Angie!

My Kitchen Stories 11/4/14 15:28

Lovely dressing Angie and a fresh gorgeous salad

Jean | 11/4/14 16:15

Angie, what a gorgeous spring salad! I love to make a meal of just such a salad!

lena 11/4/14 18:11

i dont come across many asparagus salad recipes and i think your combination here sounds superb!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 11/4/14 20:28

Such a fresh, beautiful salad! Perfect for this nice weather we're having.

Evelyne CulturEatz 11/4/14 20:34

This the season for gorgeous asparagus! Very nice salad with a few unexpected components. The dressing looks great, can't think of ever seeing walnuts in the dressing like that before.

Anonymous 11/4/14 20:44

So beautiful and colorful!! I loooove asparagus! :-)

grace 11/4/14 22:12

there's a lot of deliciousness going on here! that dressing is WONDERFUL.

Gwen 11/4/14 23:23

This is the coolest idea for a dressing I've seen! So healthy and I love asparagus!

wok with ray 12/4/14 03:14

The salad is very colorful and the walnut dressing is a winner! Have a good weekend, Angie!

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AdriBarr 12/4/14 07:51

What a beautiful salad! The dressing sounds fab!

GG 12/4/14 09:22

Your salad looks really delicious. I've recently discovered balsamic bianco it's a great addition to a dressing and this yoghourt mix looks fab. GG

Unknown 12/4/14 10:07

Hi Angie
I'am Chantal from Travelling Papilles,I like your blog.
This salad look so yummy and colorful.
Nice way to eat vegetables.

Susan 12/4/14 16:48

The colors just shout Spring--what a great salad for the Easter table!

Gloria Baker 12/4/14 16:49

Beautiful salad Angie and love you put nuts in it! love this!!!

Lisa 12/4/14 21:31

Would I sound like a glutton if I told you I could easily drink that spectacular looking, creamy walnut dressing straight from the pitcher? Of course I'd save just enough for your beautiful asparagus salad. What a great way to welcome in Spring and your photos are gorgeous!

Indrė 12/4/14 22:35

Oh my!!! These are so far the most beautiful pictures of asparagus salads I have seen. Now I really need them, no matter how overpriced they are.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 13/4/14 02:29

I'm waiting for some beautiful asparagus to appear at our markets! Your salad looks amazing!

Reeni 13/4/14 02:59

I love how you piled the salad high on the plate! So delicious, colorful and substantial! I could be easily satisfied - happy tummy.

Lail | With A Spin 13/4/14 09:38

Very healthy and appetizing salad. I have some asparagus and this is a great salad idea.

Anonymous 13/4/14 10:06

I made your superb Seasonal green asparagus salad, my dear friend! It was just divine & that dressing was awesomely delicious! xxx

Anonymous 13/4/14 12:24

Apparently last thursday was the start of aspargus season. A very appropriate dish :-) What a grat combination of flavours!

Geri Saucier 13/4/14 22:22

Angie, I love this salad. Asparagus, walnuts are my favorites. I am making this delicious salad for our Easter Dinner. Thanks so much for sharing:)

Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet. 13/4/14 23:57

I love asparagus so much! This looks delicious!

chow and chatter 14/4/14 00:14

looks wonderful and so in season

jasna varcakovic 14/4/14 01:21

Beautiful colours, textures and tastes!

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 14/4/14 04:41

This salad looks amazing! I love the colors of it. Also I can't wait for some asparagus this spring.

My Inner Chick 14/4/14 18:16

The food of the Goddesses! O' My! I adore asparagus soooooooooooo much.


Asmita 15/4/14 00:51

Love how gorgeous this looks! So going to make it!

My Little Space 15/4/14 05:40

Walnut dressing sounds pretty intriguing to me. Must be as tasty.

Priscilla @ Homegrown Delight 15/4/14 06:25

That's a beautiful salad and great photography! My husband loves asparagus. I've been wanting to grow them but they take so long to get established and I'm always procrastinating on planting them. By the way I have a new URL and my blog has changed from to Please update your reading list and sidebar. Stop by when you have a chance. Have a great week! :)

Ann Jones 17/4/14 02:23

Looks like a great spring salad, beautiful!

Kelly 17/4/14 19:43

What a pretty spring salad Angie! I love asparagus and the walnut dressing sounds wonderful with this!

Terra 17/4/14 22:50

What a lovely salad, and loving the homemade dressing! This is perfect, since I am kinda addicted to asparagus! Hugs, Terra

sprinklesandsauce 18/4/14 06:16

love the colours and the health aspect of this salad!

Mother Rimmy 18/4/14 14:53

I adore asparagus! I love how colorful this salad is. I think I could drink that dressing all by itself!

Kiran @ 19/4/14 19:06

Delicious springy salad. Love the creamy walnut dressing :D

Miss Meat and Potatoes 22/4/14 17:16

Wow! That dressing… I am definitely making it this weekend!

Esther Lau 4/5/14 08:58

Simply delicious and lovely dish! :)


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