Asparagus haters will ask for seconds. Asparagus lovers will eat the pile.
Bacon Asparagus Salad
4 slicesbacon, crumbled
1 bundleasparagus, stemmed and rinsed
1 teaspoonolive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepperto taste
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Heat large skillet for about 1 minute. Cover bottom with single layer of sliced bacon. Cook over medium-high heat until bacon crisps and browns, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat. Transfer bacon to paper towels. Trim and remove excess fat. Wipe skillet.
Break off tough fibrous asparagus stems. Rinse under cold water, pat dry. Add olive oil to skillet over medium-high heat and heat for about 1 minute. Place single layer of asparagus in skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes until asparagus becomes tender but not flaccid. Toss small handful of sliced almonds into skillet. Reduce heat and cover for about 1 minute.
Assemble ingredients on plate. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.