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By: Enrique Gili on Jan. 18, 2012, 5:22 p.m.
bacon asparagus salad

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Bacon Asparagus Salad

Asparagus haters will ask for seconds. Asparagus lovers will eat the pile.
Bacon Asparagus Salad


  • 4 slices bacon, crumbled
  • 1 bundle asparagus, stemmed and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Handful sliced almonds
  • drizzle balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Time estimates

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Assemble ingredients on plate. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
Serves 4 as an appetizer