This recipe comes from Anna Pump's cookbook, Summer on a Plate. The book caught my eye because I know that Ina Garten often refers to Anna's store, Loaves and Fishes, in her own cookbooks.
The dressing here is amazing - it is very simple, but Chuck and I both loved it and we were sad when it was gone! And once it's combined with all the delicious vegetables, salty olives, and the creamy goat cheese, this was an excellent salad!
Asparagus Salad with Roasted Peppers and Goat Cheese
slightly adapted from Summer on a Plate
Makes 3-4 side dish servings
4 ounces roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
1 pound medium asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
4 ounces baby spinach, washed and dried
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup pitted black olives, cut in half (I used Kalamata)
3 ounces crumbled goat cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
5 tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and coarst ground black pepper, to taste
Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook until just tender but still green, 2-3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
Combine spinach, red onion, red pepper, and asparagus in large bowl.
Combine dressing ingredients in a jar that can be tightly sealed. Seal and shake well. Spoon half the dressing over salad. Mix gently to coat vegetables.
Before serving, sprinkle with olive and goat cheese. Serve extra dressing on the side.