Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring Asparagus Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing

Fresh asparagus is only $1.28 this week at Fareways so thought this looked awful temping, simple and it says spring.

2 lb. new potatoes halved
4 to 8 oz. thin asparagus, steamed and chilled

Cut potatoes in half.  Leave skins on.   Cover with cold water. Bring to boil and boil for about 15 minutes or until cooked through and soft but still firm. Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the potatoes your using.

Steam your asparagus until it is tender.  Get new thin asparagus.

Drain potatoes and asparagus and set aside to cool.

4 tbs. olive oil
4 tbs. mayonnaise
2 tbs. stone ground mustard or mustard of your choice 
2 tbs. honey
Kosher salt and pepper (to taste)

I got some beautiful local honey at the Trading Post.  My last bottle came from Bella Souls when she had her boutique open for Christmas.  This bottle is beautiful and will be recycled and refilled with honey in the future.  I’ll only use local honey and I do not buy that stuff in the grocery store.  It has been filtered so many times that it is a by-product of honey and has no honey benefits left in it.   Like so many processed food, the goodness is taken out and no longer a pure product.

Gently toss the cooled asparagus and potatoes together.  Whisk your dressing ingredients together.  Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss again. Taste for salt and pepper and add more if necessary.  Isn't it beautiful and it says spring is comin’.

Variation – Don’t like a grainy Dijon mustard, just use a yellow mustard.

Did you know that yellow mustard’s main ingredient is turmeric? Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, cancer fighting, antioxidant packed, anti-bacterial and an anti-viral super food.  Try to put a pinch of turmeric in what ever dish you can slip it into.  The scalloped potatoes and chicken casserole from this week would take the spice very well and add even more yellow color to the dish.  I add it to my egg drop soup, regular potato salad, deviled eggs, and a lot of other soups.  I love honey mustard salad dressing and put mustard on all my burgers and brats.  It’s not that hard to increase turmeric into your diet.

Keep it simple and healthy.  Be happy and may God bless you and yours.  

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