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Arugula, Avocado, and Asparagus Salad

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Arugula, Avocado, and Asparagus Salad

Haas Avocado

This recipe for arugula, avocado and asparagus salad is not only rich in phytonutrients; it is comprised of 3 foods considered to be aphrodisiac by the ancients. Add a basil vinaigrette and you have 2 more, as basil and mustard are said to both increase sex drive and boost fertility.


  • 1 bunch arugula, or 5 ounces baby arugula, washed and spun dry
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bunch pencil asparagus, steamed for 3-4 minutes
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 4 tablespoons toasted pistachio nuts
  • For the Basil Vinaigrette:
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped shallot
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


Divide the arugula between 4 plates. Quarter the avocado, and slice each quarter lengthwise into 4-5 segments, sprinkling with lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Fan each quarter of avocado on top of the greens. Divide the steamed asparagus amongst the 4 plates, and top with the pistachio nuts.

Combine the vinaigrette ingredients and spoon about 1 tablespoon of dressing over each salad. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 as a main course

Copyright 2010 by Jen Hoy

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 5 out of 5
This recipe is graded three A's, Member LisaSelbe

I love arugula and now I may enjoy it in yet another way. You managed to combine the perfect trifecta of ingredients with this one Jen! The tart peppery arugula beside the soft creamy avocado and the snappy and always earthy flavor of asparagus ( my all time favorite vegetable) is a fantastic combination. The recipe for the dressing is distinctly familiar and delicious. It leads me to believe I have been enjoying it for years and will continue for years to come, on this salad and many others. You are the best, and so is this salad. I give it a score of ... AAA!

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