Chinese Asparagus Salad; I’m up-to-date!

This recipe is based on one from The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook.

I have no idea what region it comes from.

I’ve had the book forever and I don’t know if white asparagus is popular in China.

It is, however, the preferred asparagus in most of Europe, although the green asparagus is making its presence known.

All that being said – we love this with white, green, violet….

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Chinese Asparagus Salad

Use your favorite asparagus for this. For the best flavor, make it 30 minutes ahead. We had it on young spinach leaves.
Time includes marinating the asparagus and boiling eggs.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad


  • 2 eggs, hard boiled, peeled, sliced
  • 2oz (60gr) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • greens for 2 small salads, prepared
  • 8oz (250gr) asparagus, violet, green or white, roll-cut
  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs salad olive oil


  • Fill a large saucepan half full of water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • When boiling, drop in asparagus and parboil for 2 minutes.
  • Drain and immediately rinse with cold water.
  • Spread them on paper towels and pat dry.
  • In a bowl big enough to hold the asparagus, mix soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Add asparagus and toss lightly to coat.
  • Set aside to marinate for 15 – 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Vinaigrette:
  • Put soy sauce, vinegar and mustard in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Drizzle in the olive oil, whisking constantly.
  • To assemble:
  • Put the greens into a bowl, add the vinaigrette and toss well to coat.
  • Divide the lettuce between two plates.
  • Arrange the eggs and tomatoes around the lettuce.
  • Divide the asparagus and arrange in the middle.


To roll-cut: cut the end off of the asparagus at an angle, roll asparagus 1/4 turn and cut next piece about 3/4 inch away at an angle, roll 1/4 and cut next piece, etc.  This gives you interesting looking pieces with lots of surface.
Cook white asparagus for 3 minutes.

Eggs: My preferred method is to put them in a steamer basket with a bit of water. Cover and heat on  medium until the lid is hot. Reduce heat slightly, and steam for 16 minutes. Remove from heat and put into cold water for 3 minutes. These are easy to peel.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 305
  • Sugar: 7.7 g
  • Sodium: 518.2 mg
  • Fat: 24.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.5 g
  • Fiber: 3.9 g
  • Protein: 11.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 186.5 mg

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Chinese Asparagus Salad

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Since working in my potager is like planting vegetables in an archeological dig, and the other day I found more rusty nails, I decided I should have a tetanus booster.

It had been 12 years…..

I can get the shot at the pharmacy, which I did.

As she was entering in my medical ID to process the vaccine and injection (no charge to me, of course) she asked if I had my vaccine book with me.

I explained that in the U.S. people don’t (or at least, didn’t) have books that recorded all of their vaccinations.

My dog has one, but I do not.

She excused herself, then came back with a ‘Carnet de Vaccination for adolescents and adults’.

There are pages for all the childhood vaccinations (blank) plus pages for flu shots, Covid vaccinations, shingles, hepatitis, and more.

I feel so official now…

Makes me want to get more shots just to put the little stickers on the pages.

At least I’m up-to-date on my tetanus shots.

4 thoughts on “Chinese Asparagus Salad; I’m up-to-date!”

  1. And I’m up to date on your blog! It’s been a long, very long week. Since Murphy, we’ve had a couple other things happen and then Tuesday this week, my fridge died. We hoped it was the fan motor that blows the air across the condenser coils so we replaced that but alas, it was the compressor, so rather than the old fridge managing to hang on for just another couple months (we’re remodeling the kitchen!) it decided to die now. The new fridge was bought but it doesn’t fit the old space of course which is considerably smaller (did I mention we’re redoing the kitchen?) so everything had to be moved that could be to make room for the new one. In the meantime, I lost oh…at least $400 in food, probably more, that wasn’t salvageable. The day after we bought it, an email came showing a sale price of $500 less than we paid. I called and told them I wanted an adjustment since the law in Michigan gives you a 10 day window. I was told they wouldn’t do that. I told them fine, I want to return the fridge and I’ll simply repurchase it at the new price and wouldn’t they rather save themselves all that trouble? No skin off my back, I’d already lost all my food and we’d just plugged the new one in so it was empty. After a 15 minute discussion with their supervisor, I got the adjustment. But it just was so ridiculous to begin with. There were some other things this week that were…irritating, so it was just a long week.

    The bright spot if you could call it that was, I’d had Murphy’s food on autoship with Chewy, a really great company anyway, but I called them to cancel that on Monday and of course, cried through the entire phone call. Wednesday, I got a dozen yellow roses from them via FedEx. What a great company.

    And now that I’ve written a book, I have to say I like this salad! I’d try it with some chicken or shrimp I think for a main dish on a warm summer night. OH! I did manage to salvage my asparagus. Yay me.

    • A dozen roses?!? How very thoughtful of them…. I just ordered more food for Guapa – she was out of her favorite treats. Every time I order I think it will be the last, then I do it again. Sadly, it’s getting close tho, I don’t think I can put her through the hot, hot days of summer. It was a struggle last year.
      I once argued with a supervisor, then a manager, at a bank. They bounced a check. I had transferred money from the credit line to cover the check. They maintained that there was no money in the credit line (’cause I had transferred it) and no many in checking (it hadn’t arrived yet) so I had no money. The stupidity of people in management can be overwhelming. Simple logic eludes them.
      Sucks about the fridge and food (yay asparagus) but good for the kitchen remodel…. Bright side and all that.

  2. This asparagus dish looks really yum, and really different. I have never seen asparagus in any Asian food , but I do live under a rock in Morocco where they put cream cheese into sushi !!

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