Asparagus & Corn Salad

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What an awesome Memorial Day weekend!!  I ran a 5k Terrain Race on Saturday morning and then the 10k Bolder Boulder Monday morning.  A great start to embracing the warm weather season!!!  Yes I am feeling the soreness from all this physical fun but it was totally worth it.  And if I’m being honest I don’t think I’ve ever run 6 miles at once.  Yes I did train a bit for this race  running 3-4 miles a handful times within the last month, but I owe my success to the 6 days/week physical fitness I incorporate into my lifestyle.  I cannot begin to express how important it is to be physically active and to eat a healthy diet.  The benefits are endless!!

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For me warm weather brings light dinners.  I love being able to eat fresh veggies through the farmer’s market season.  So much flavor and vibrancy!!  We ended our Memorial Day celebration at home with a delicious corn and asparagus salad.  Super simple and super tasty!

Asparagus & Corn Salad

Asparagus & Corn Salad

Summer is here! Time to enjoy vibrant, light, and easy to create salads!!!

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 2 ears corn
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • handful small tomatoes, I used cocktail (cherry would work too)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • s&p
  • greens
  • cooked chicken breast
  • balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Trim the ends of the asparagus. If the asparagus is thick or tough use a peeler to remove the outer layer of the bottom half of the stem. Half each stem lengthwise and cut into 2" pieces. Heat up a large skillet over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil and cook the asparagus until tender crisp about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Cut the corn off the cob and add to the same pan. Cook a few minutes to just brown. Set aside with asparagus to cool.
  3. Quarter the tomatoes and add to a large bowl. Tear the basil into pieces and add to the tomatoes along with the lemon zest and juice. Gently stir in the cooled asparagus and corn. Season with s&p.
  4. Serve over a bed of lettuce with chicken for added protein. Drizzle with a good quality balsamic vinegar

Notes

I like to buy premartinated chicken breasts from Whole Foods or King Soopers - garlic marinated is my favorite. I cook the chicken breasts to enjoy for dinner or lunches throughout the week. You can leave the chicken out if you prefer.

http://mydailybite.com/asparagus-corn-salad/

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