Chicken, Bacon and Roasted Asparagus Salad
Have you ever fallen for someone so madly that you can’t seem to function or even get your thoughts aligned properly? Whatever you do (or try to accomplish anyway) they invariably go back to that special person?
YEP! That’s pretty much where I’m at right now… and in this very moment, I find it almost impossible to focus on food and entertain you about this Chicken, Bacon and Roasted Asparagus Salad.
There’s this certain guy who has totally, wholeheartedly, monopolized my attention.
All my brains can seem to focus on is the deep color of his eyes, like the color of the sea on a cloudy day, and the way they seem to effervesce when he talks about things that fascinate and passion him. Or the cute little faces that he makes when he teases me, and the way he tilts his head to the side and smiles ever so enigmatically, as in almost wickedly sometimes… The way he says my name, and how lovely it sounds when he’s the one calling it…
And all my fingers want to be typing right now are the letters that make up his name. I feel like such a friggin’ teenager, unreal!
It amazes me sometimes when I think of how strongly a human being can affect another one without even knowing it. Still, it’s a beautiful feeling, when you think of it. But hey, the guy’s not available, so I’m afraid I need to let that one go.
Hopefully, I’ll manage to get him out of my system eventually. Putting a little bit of distance between the two of us, as in not frequenting the box anymore and start working out from home instead, should help some I hope…
In the meantime, please forgive me if my writings sound a bit… whimsical!
I’ve got just the thing to coax my tummy into wanting food though: BACON!
No tummy can ever say no to bacon, especially not when it’s paired with cooked chicken, roasted asparagus and creamy avocado to form the most crazy delicious salad.
I got the inspiration for that salad from the lovely and extremely talented Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum. In fact, I practically stole the recipe from her and almost feel bad re-publishing it here, for I changed so very few little things… Hey, for once I *almost* followed a recipe to a tee!
First, one must cook a few slices of bacon until crispy. Hey, that was easy to follow! I think I got that one right…
But then I made my first tiny little change: I chose to add my asparagus to the hot bacon drippings and cook them until nicely roasted and infused with all that wonderful bacon aroma… hey, why waste?
Then, I decided to make an actual vinaigrette for my salad. All the ingredients went into a glass measuring cup and were mixed well with a flat whisk until combined and slightly emulsified.
Just like Lindsay, I divided the chopped spinach and arranged it directly at the bottom of empty salad bowls.
I then tore the cooked chicken into bite size pieces and broke the bacon into large bite size chunks.
As for the avocado, it got cut in half, peeled and sliced…
Then all of that delicious food got layered over the spinach: chicken first, followed by smokey bacon and roasted asparagus.
The avocado then got arranged in a lovely little fan over each of the salads. A few garnishes finished decorating the plate…
Now all that’s left to do is drizzle generously with the vinaigrette and serve without delay!
Oh yeah! No tummy could ever say no to that.
No matter how tightly tied up in a knot it may be…
Chicken, Bacon and Roasted Asparagus Salad
- 4 slices thick well sourced bacon, or better yet, homemade
- 1/2 cup fresh asparagus, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
- 4 cups baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
- 200 g 6oz leftover cooked chicken, ripped into bite size pieces
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
For the vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- In a medium skillet set over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy then remove it to a plate. Add the asparagus to the hot bacon drippings and cook them until nicely roasted and infused with bacon fat flavor, about 4-5 minutes. Kill the heat and set aside.
- Add all the ingredients for the vinaigrette to a glass measuring cup and mix well with a flat whisk until combined and slightly emulsified.
- Divide the chopped spinach between two shallow salad bowls. Tear the chicken into bite size pieces and break the bacon into large bite size chunks. Layer that over the spinach, followed by the roasted asparagus. Cut the avocado in half, slice it and arrange it over each of the salads.
- Drizzle generously with the vinaigrette and serve without delay!
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14 Comments on “Chicken, Bacon and Roasted Asparagus Salad”
THOSE kinds of feelings seem so rare – to be sooo enamored by someone else – so I just wanted to send you a hug since he’s not available. That SUCKS!
Are you actively looking for a man-friend?!
It’s so hard!!!!!
PS: It IS funny how deeply affected we can be by other people, but do you notice how easily we see this when someone angers, annoys, aggravates us…but how quickly we forget that the same is true when we experience GOOD feelings because of other people?
I wouldn’t say actively looking, no… Sure, I’d love to find a well-matched life partner, but I believe this is the kind of things that finds you when the time is right. After close to 6 years of being without one, I’m kind of hoping that the time will be right soon, but I’d rather be without a partner than being with the wrong partner. 😉
And yeah, I have to give it to you, it’s not easy finding a well-assorted companion, and darn, when you meet one that seems to have absolutely EVERYTHING you’re looking for, they have to be taken… bummer!
Anyway, thanks so much for the hug and for your kind words, I really truly appreciate them! <3
I feel you about being with the WRONG ONE. Sorry this ones not available. I was getting so excited for you as I read, then the line, But he’s not available.” Bummer! Sorry.
Anyway, had to look at this salad even though I can’t eat it because the three main ingredients are on my blood type no no list, chicken, pork and avocado. But the good news, I can try the dressing/vinaigrette. So I will.
I am on a Caesar kick right now, thank you very much, but I will get to it in a couple of days.
Aww, thank you Beth! You’re a real sweetheart! 🙂
And man do I ever feel for you… wow, so many good things that you can’t eat. That too, I would say is a bummer! No pork, no chicken and no avocado? NO AVOCADO? I would be crushed… Like you said, at least the vinaigrette you can try. Tell me, if you’re on a Caesar kick, did you ever get to try my Caesar dressing a try after all? Not to toot my own horn, but it definitely was one of the best I’ve ever tasted! And now you got me craving it. 😀
Yes Sonia, actually that is the recipe that got me back on it. I did eventually make my own version, sorry. It’s posted on my blog. I love mine like crazy not that your version wasn’t good. I just like more anchovy and I added Worcestershire, homemade of course. I will be posting the Worcestershire recipe soon. It is amazingly close to the real stuff.
Anyway, I started to make the vinaigrette (don’t you love that word?) but I got sidetracked with several other things. I’ll finish it today, maybe even in time for lunch! 🙂
WHOA! HOLD THE PHONE!!!! Homemade Worcestershire, you say? Now THAT, I really need the recipe to. GAWD do I miss Worcestershire! I used to put that *$”@ in EVERYTHING! Heck, I think I even use to drink it straight from the bottle! 😉 I really can’t wait for this one to go live.
And your Caesar, it looks UH-MA-ZING! I wonder how come I never got pinged on that post. The mysteries of the Internet, sometimes. There are still so many things that I don’t understand. Anyway, thanks much for sharing the love, Beth. You’re a real gem, my friend! 😀
Oh, and I do agree that “vinaigrette” sounds all melodious and fancy when used in an English conversation, but refer to it in a French convo and it suddenly loses all of its appeal… poor thing! 😉
Oh Sonia, thanks so much. really you made my day! 🙂
This salad does look great. Almost enough to mend a broken heart (or at least a bummed out heart) 🙁 Have totally been there.
I KNEW IT. I’ve been thinking for a little while, “Hey, something ain’t right with Sonia..” but you know, I didn’t want to be intrusive 😉 I know those feelings all too well, longing for something that is out of my reach (usually mine is a bit more food related, such as a big bowl of gelato… lactose intolerant. no bueno.) But no seriously, it is heart breaking and not being able to have the person makes the feelings just that much stronger. But it’s nothing that a little dairy free gelato can’t fix, right? BAM. There’s your inspiration.. 🙂
Jordan Leigh, I.LOVE.YOU! I would let you move in with me in the blink of an eye, would gladly fix your meals and would even let you eat from my jars of nut butters. Well, the ones I keep, anyway! 😉
You know, I want to believe that certain things in life are meant to be, and if he and I are meant to be together, life will find a way to make it happen. All I can do is keep my fingers crossed… and toes… and keep in touch with the guy, hard as it may be sometimes! No one can tell what tomorrow is made of…
YOUD LET ME EAT FROM YOUR NUT BUTTER JARS?! Whoa, now that’s some serious love. Please excuse me while I go book my plane ticket..
And what is meant to be will take place. My dad waited YEARS for my mom. And they just celebrated their 25th anniversary 🙂
HA! I think I’d even let you use your fingers! I think… or wait… would that be a tad too much? I might have to think about that one… 😉
And awwwwwww, how sweet is that. That’s what I call true love! I hope I can say the same, someday! 😀
Je t’aime magrande et j’ai tellement hâte que tu trouves l’âme sœur, ou que ce dernier te découvre !!!!
Tout vient à point à qui sait attendre, disent-ils, non? Eh bien, je saurai attendre! 🙂