Asparagus and Avocado Salad, bad dogs

Mon mari’s two favorite A’s – asparagus and avocado. If I could have worked in an artichoke….

One of the problems / benefits of eating seasonally is consuming vast quantities of whatever is current in a relatively short span of time.

How can one go wrong over-indulging in vegetables?

Especially the ‘A’s….

Yes, I know…. Avocados are fruits, so we are overindulging in fruits, too.

The strawberries have been wonderful.

We buy both strawberries and asparagus from the same farm within minutes of being picked. I know this because we buy them right of the wheel barrow coming from the garden.

Asparagus and Avocado Salad

Total time: 20 minutes


  • 8oz (240gr) asparagus, green or white, trimmed and roll cut in 1 inch (2.5 cm) lengths.
  • 2 green garlic, thickly sliced, including green tops
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small avocado or 1/2 of a large
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbs tarragon white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbs good, salad olive oil

Asparagus Avocado Salad


  • Make Vinaigrette: Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk well to combine.
  • Heat oil in a medium skillet
  • Add asparagus, green garlic and stir-fry for 4 – 5 minutes, just until crisp-tender.
  • Add vegetables to vinaigrette, stir well and let marinate for 10 minutes.
  • To Serve:
  • Remove avocado from shell and slice.
  • Arrange avocado slices on 2 plates. add asparagus salad and serve.

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It’s evening here…. A beautiful, clear, calm evening, as usual.

Unfortunately, the days have been miserable: cold, high winds and violent downpours.

It really doesn’t seem fair.

And it didn’t really seem fair that the girls (dogs) managed to go walkabout right in the middle of it all.

We had managed to get our noon work routine and walk in between rains and I was trying to get through my French homework (back to school this week) when the dogs wanted to go, as usual.

They don’t like to waste precious walk / play time on things like peeing and pooping so they always want to go back out about 2 seconds after we come in from our walk.

I let them out and went back to my homework.

About 20 minutes later I realized two things: it was starting to rain and the dogs were very, very quiet.

I went to let them in.

They were gone.

The little gate to my herb garden had been left open by someone who shall remain nameless.

They were nowhere in sight, the wind was coming up and it was starting to rain, again.

I ran back to get my jacket and heard the phone. It was my French neighbor, from up on the hill calling.

My dogs were in her garden.

I grabbed the leashes and went to fetch them home.

In the rain.

They weren’t even happy to see me.

Last update on April 27, 2014

4 thoughts on “Asparagus and Avocado Salad, bad dogs”

  1. Oh no! In the neighbor’s garden? Was that garden still in one piece when you got there? It was a reasonable day here today. Overcast and around 50, but it’s been worse. Much, much worse. My chives are peeking their heads up though so spring must be around the corner!

  2. Accidents happen so I hope the neighbour was nice. It was 7 C when I got up this morning but meant to get to 22 C eventually. I am off to walk the dogs – better check my gate first !!!!!

  3. It has turned cold here again!!! Today it is very windy and are ever getting rain!! Suppose to rain tomorrow also. I have the clean up done on the garden and we are waiting for the mulch. I was suppose to be done Thursday or Friday but it is so wet. Monday I think will be the better day. My daffodils are out and so are the hyacinth . No trees with blossoms yet. Can you believe it no blossoms. Here it is 29th of April ! Did the dogs do any damage to your neighbours garden? Life is never dull for you.

  4. nightsmusic, when I got there the neighbors’ were playing with the girls – no problems LOL

    Kate, very nice. Ironically, she had just commented a few days earlier on how well-behaved they are.

    Evelyn, no damage… The weather warms, then cools…. that’s spring I guess.

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