Go Back
+ servings

Asparagus and Green Bean Salad

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Nisha Vora

Ingredients

Salad Base

  • 8 ounces (227g) asparagus woody stems trimmed
  • 8 ounces (227g) green beans, trimmed

Vegetables

  • 1/2 pint (150g) cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 small shallot

Protein

  • 1 to 2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one 15-ounce can)

Add-ons

  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1 handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of fresh basil, slivered

Easy Tahini Dressing

  • 1/4 cup (56g) tahini
  • A few sprinkles of lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 1to 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water

Instructions

  • Blanch the green beans and asparagus. Bring an inch or two of water to boil in a large saucepan. Once boiling, add the green beans; cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Add the asparagus and cook for 1-3 more minutes (1-2 minutes if asparagus are skinny). Immediately drain the vegetables into an ice bath (large bowl of ice water). Once the vegetables are cool, drain on clean towels to dry completely.
  • Slice the vegetables. Once the green beans and asparagus are dried, slice them into 2-inch pieces at an angle. Peel the shallot and slice it crosswise, as thinly as possible. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half.
  • Toast the almonds. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add almonds in a single layer, stir frequently, until browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Once cool, chop the almonds.
  • Make the dressing. In a bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon zest, lemon juice, maple syrup, and salt. Stream in the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and whisk until creamy, fluffy, and desired consistency.
  • Assemble the Salad: Layer sliced green beans and asparagus into a salad bowl or serving bowl. Top with sliced cherry tomatoes, shallots, chickpeas, chopped almonds, hemp seeds, and chopped herbs. Add the Tahini Dressing and toss well to coat.

Notes

Note: The measurements for the salad ingredients are just rough guides. I rarely follow a specific recipe for salads and just eyeball the amounts.