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I usually prep on Sunday and make a huge salad for work week lunches, plus a soup or other dish for dinner. The salad for this week is an all green salad with citrus vinaigrette, from Epicurious. As they have aptly put it, this salad is “spring in a bowl”! *Note: since I make this for lunch throughout the week, I will make the dressing and store in a jar. Also, I will add the avocado each day instead of on prep day to maintain freshness.

For the vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the salad:

  • Kosher salt
  • 2 bunches asparagus (about 1 1/2 pounds), ends trimmed and cut on a diagonal into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 romaine heart, roughly chopped
  • 1 English hothouse cucumber, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 15 basil leaves, torn
  • 1/3 cup torn fresh dill fronds
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the vinaigrette: Whisk shallot, vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, orange juice, and honey in a medium bowl until combined. Add oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly, until combined. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.

For the salad:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; prepare a large bowl of ice water and a rimmed baking sheet lined with paper towels. Add asparagus to the boiling water and cook until crisp tender, 1-2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or spider and immediately plunge into the ice water until chilled, then use slotted spoon to transfer asparagus to baking sheet to drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine romaine, cucumber, avocado, basil, dill, and blanched asparagus. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing, season with salt and pepper, and toss gently to combine. Serve salad with remaining dressing on the side.
Asparagus can be blanched up to 2 days in advance; store in a sealed container and refrigerate until ready to use.