You’re Throwing the Final Summer Party

August 17, 2009 by

The end of summer is near ...

Cooler weather ... football season ... the holidays ... and delicious fall recipes!

You're throwing what could very well be the final party of the summer.

The margarita machine is ordered.  You're planning to make sweet and tangy pulled pork, along with some other barbeque favorites.  Your guests are bringing appetizers and desserts.  Now all you need is the salad.

The final summer salad, for the final summer party.

Something refreshing and light.

This asparagus and orange salad is not only colorful and pretty to look at, but it's also very fresh and light, and pairs really well with almost any main course dish.

So the next time you're planning the end of summer party and need a refreshing salad, get ready to kick back and enjoy the final days.  You have the perfect recipe for a summer salad worthy of closing the season.

Until our next meal,

Rebecca

Asparagus and Orange Salad

Ingredients:

Asparagus and Orange Salad

Asparagus and Orange Salad

Salad:

  • Romaine Lettuce, Torn Into Pieces
  • Asparagus, Cut Into 2-Inch Pieces
  • Orange Segments
  • Tomatoes, Sliced

Dressing:

  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbs Orange Juice
  • 3 Tbs Raspberry Vinegar (Or 2 Tbs White Wine Vinegar)
  • 1 Tbs Honey
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil, and add asparagus.
  2. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Remove from heat, and immediately rinse asparagus with cold water.
  4. Layer lettuce, asparagus, oranges and tomatoes on a plate.
  5. Mix the olive oil, orange juice, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a small container with a tight fitting lid.
  6. Shake until well blended, and pour over the salad. Makes two servings.

Options: For a sweeter salad, use canned mandarin oranges, and add some of the syrup to the dressing instead of honey. To make this salad more filling, top with some grilled chicken.

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