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Asparagus, Arugula, Avocado, Mâche & Peas Green Salad

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This salad packs quite a punch when it comes to flavor – it’s pungent, yet mild, and peppery and spicy yet still sweet.  It’s essentially all of the things that I love about Texas cuisine.

One of my (ongoing) personal food challenges is to create recipes based off of seasonal and regional ingredients.  That’s why I love the beginning of summer here in Dallas – there’s a great mix of late spring and early summer vegetables and fruits to choose from.

But sometimes recipes are best when you don’t have to choose – you essentially select them all, then toss them in a bowl to bring everything together. The following green salad ingredients are based off what grows here in Texas, so feel free to change up the recipe based off your location in the world!




Ingredients for 6 servings:

  • 1 bundle (~230g) thick asparagus, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups mâche rosettes
    • substitute: chopped bok choy or boston lettuce
  • 2 cups (baby) arugula
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped**
  • avocado slices**
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Dressing:
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • juice from 1/2 large pink grapefruit (ruby red), about 1/4 cup
      • substitutes: orange, lemon, lime
    • 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 1/2  tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • sea salt & pepper to taste

(**) – optional ingredients


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add asparagus and frozen peas.  Boil for 6 to 8 minutes, then immediately remove the veggies from the water and place them in a bowl filled with ice water.  This will stop the veggies from cooking and help preserve the vibrant green color.
  3. Mix together the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and season to taste with sea salt & pepper (if needed).
  4. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients for the salad, including the chilled asparagus and peas.  Add the dressing and gently toss the salad in the dressing.
  5. Garnish and season to taste with sea salt & pepper.
  6. Enjoy!

Approximate macros for 1 of 6 servings (without optional ingredients):

84 calories, 8g carbohydrates, 4g fat, 4g protein, 3g fiber, 4g sugar


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