I recently had one of those nights where I knew I had barely anything left in the fridge for a proper dinner and was too lazy to go out to the grocery store (it was probably a Monday). Luckily, I knew I had some fresh veggies kickin’ around. I grabbed what I thought would work well together and settled on making a vegetable salad. So, with some asparagus, corn, onion and red pepper I created a delicious, comforting, warm vegetable salad on a whim. What’s great about this dish is how well it re-heats the next day. Just under two minutes in the microwave will warm the vegetables up just enough and keep their crunch.
Even though I enjoyed this on a cold winter night, this salad is sure to go well with some chicken or fish at your next summer barbeque.
Servings: 6 (as a side dish)
Total time: 30 minutes
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 – 2.5 cups fresh or frozen corn, if frozen: steam
- 1 bunch of asparagus spears, ends trimmed, cut into large pieces
- 1 sweet red pepper, diced
- 1 cup Spanish OR red onion, chopped
- Small bundle of fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1.5 tbsp white wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
Steam corn and set aside to cool. Heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan on medium to high heat. Once oil is hot, add the asparagus and red pepper. Cook and stir frequently until tender but still firm, about 3-5 minutes, depending on how cooked you prefer your asparagus to be. Transfer into a large bowl.
In the large bowl, add the steamed corn, parsley, onion, parmesan cheese, remaining olive oil and white wine vinegar. Toss gently to evenly coat the vegetables. Sprinkle with paprika and Italian seasoning and toss gently again. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve warm and enjoy!