Wild Asparagus Salad is a spring favorite! Head into the woods to forage your dinner.
Spring to early summer is my favorite time of the year. The time for nature waking up, longer days, warmth and things growing, cherries ripening, the first of the peaches…. I simply love it.
I come from a family that has a tradition of foraging and gathering foods in the wild. I’ve grown up with my parents bringing in dozens of kilos of mushrooms from the forests. We traditionally harvest forest blueberries every year. When I take a walk, I look around for what plants grow in any area and mentally mark locations growing stuff like wood garlic, elderberries, raspberries, blackberries and most recently, hazelnuts.
So I have an easy eye to spot edible things on our walks, like a bushel of wild mint, or a nice patch of blueberries. And though I may not follow through on harvesting when the fruit is ripe, I still look out for it everytime we just go for a simple walk.
My parents though, have taken foraging to the next level. They live close to the woods and they are constantly bringing things out of it… Just this past weekend I’ve gathered the very first of wild strawberries and my dad brought a harvest of wild asparagus.
So it was only right to honor his efforts and make Wild Asparagus Salad for dinner.
To make Wild Asparagus Salad you need to just give the asparagus a good wash, then cook them until tender in a pot of water, drain and cool, then dress with oil and vinegar and season. That’s all! If you add some boiled eggs and a slice of good bread you’re off to a pretty decent dinner, right there. Simple food is the best!
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