Seasonal Fare with Flair: White Bean-Asparagus Salad with Bacon and Thyme

This healthy and delicious salad with beans, asparagus, and bacon is hearty enough that it could pass for a main dish!  Try it with brown rice on the side for a vegetarian meal, or some grilled chicken or salmon.  
 

Serves 6
Recipe time:  15 minutes

3 thick bacon slices, chopped
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
3 cups 1-inch diagonally cut asparagus
1/4 cup diced red onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 (15-ounce) can navy or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
1-ounce parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
 
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat 8 minutes or until crisp. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet.
 
Add vinegar to skillet, stirring to deglaze pan. Add asparagus; cook 1 minute. Add onion, garlic, and lemon juice; cook, stirring, 2 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Remove skillet from heat, and add navy beans and cooked bacon, tossing to combine. Stir in thyme, salt, and pepper. Transfer salad to a large serving bowl; sprinkle with parsley and cheese.
 
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Victoria Hicks

Victoria Hicks

Victoria Hicks is a long-time Co-op food writer and our demo diva for the popular Seasonal Fare with Flair series. Visit the Service Desks in our stores for upcoming dates, times, and locations. Contact her at comment at coopfoodstore dot com.