Asparagus, Pea Shoots & Bean Salad: A Healthy Recipe That Screams Spring! by Donna John

Asparagus, Pea Shoots & Bean Salad: A Healthy Recipe That Screams Spring!

Asparagus and pea shoots scream spring has sprung! Serve this easy recipe as a main dish salad or a side salad with a protein of your choice. If you want the vegan option, simply omit the cheese or add a vegan cheese. 

You'll need:

  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 2- to 3-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup canned white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package pea shoots
  • 1/4 cup almonds or cashews
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Here's how you make it:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet. Add asparagus, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook over medium-high heat until a little tender but still crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, about 1 minute more. 
  2. Pour asparagus into a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and all other ingredients, Gently toss to combine (be gentle so you don't mash beans or avocado). Taste and re-season with addition salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil, if needed. Serve. 

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