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Summer in the Garden and Asparagus Snow Pea Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

I can’t seem to get over the bliss of a land restored.

To be able to look outside and see green, glorious green, instead of parched brown.

I can’t get enough of it.

I love wandering around the farm, sauntering through the shady spots under the trees, ambling through my gardens. It is so wonderful to see things actually growing again, spreading out and up in glorious life.

Like these gorgeous calendula blossoms – so darn perky and cheery.

I’ve been collecting them almost daily, drying them so I can use their petals in soothing body lotion or lusciously fragrant tea full of flowers.

I’m super excited about my pumpkin vines, growing rampant all over the garden. These ones are extra special because they’re going to produce BLUE pumpkins!! πŸ™‚ In Queensland they have special Queensland Blue Pumpkins, and I cannot wait to see them in my own garden.

I’m also delighted by my asparagus which, after lying dormant since Spring, has suddenly come to life, giving me fresh asparagus spears every day.

They are so delicious, crisp and tender, and I’ve been making variations on this salad every day: asparagus alone or asparagus with sliced snow peas, all tossed in a zesty lime vinaigrette. Simple, refreshing and nourishing.

As you look out on your world today, what beauties do you see? I’d love to hear about it. xo

Asparagus Snow Pea Salad with Lime Vinaigrette


1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 handful snow peas, topped, tailed and cut into narrow slices
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard


  1. If asparagus is tender, proceed with following recipe. If you would like softer asparagus, steam it for 1-2 minutes or simply cover with boiling water and let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Drain and continue with recipe.
  2. In medium bowl combine lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and mustard. Whisk until emulsified.
  3. Add vegetables and toss gently to combine.
  4. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
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JamieS - I think that is why I love visiting your blog (and you), because you always see wonder and beauty in everything. And you think of a use for everything in nature as well. Congratulations on the asparagus and the dish looks wonderful… but I cannot wait to see your blue pumpkins!!

Krista - It does scream Spring, doesn’t it, Tandy? πŸ™‚ I’m so glad my asparagus decided to get mixed up with the seasons. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much, dear @TuulaR:disqus πŸ™‚ During the searing hot afternoons I long for cooler weather, but oh, the mornings and evenings are exquisite. πŸ™‚ Wishing you an early Spring. πŸ™‚

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - this salad screams spring! I am sure it was really tasty πŸ™‚

TuulaR - Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous Krista… and so jealous of your nice weather πŸ™‚ Can’t wait until spring finally arrives here to try our your delicious salad!

Krista - Yes, it makes me very happy indeed, @joanneeatswellwithothers:disqus πŸ™‚

Krista - Isn’t lime fantastic, @margowrites:disqus ? It’s my favorite flavor these days too. πŸ™‚

Krista - I would absolutely LOVE that, @BethanyBassett:disqus !! πŸ™‚ That would just be brilliant. πŸ™‚ I made the salad again today and added sweet corn and crab meat and it was good too. πŸ™‚

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Margo Millure - Looks delish. I am on a tear with lime flavored recipes lately. Will have to try this!

Joanne (eats well with others) - I can imagine your delight at seeing all this color and green again! So vibrant and alive.

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Bethany Bassett - I’m endlessly impressed by your ability to create with things that grow. How very, very much I would love to just come hang out with you for a week or two… also to get a bite of that salad! We do have asparagus for a while in the spring, but I have yet to find snow peas here in Italy. I’ll just have to continue drooling over your photos. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, @disqus_v9uRgGTGfe:disqus πŸ™‚ It’s lovely getting the garden in ship shape, bit by little bit. πŸ™‚

Krista - I know! It really ought to be lime green or purple or something. πŸ™‚

Maureen Shaw - I could eat that salad every day. How fresh and healthy it looks! I love your new garden.

Nancy - Haha how disappointing πŸ™‚

Krista - It’s actually blue on the outside and bright orange inside, @disqus_xRgkTDNCQJ:disqus πŸ™‚ It stands up well to roasting and tastes marvelous. πŸ™‚

Nancy - Blue pumpkin? Can’t wait to see what colour it is inside and what it tastes like.

Krista - Thanks so much, Hotly Spiced. πŸ™‚ There’s something so satisfying about growing your own vegetables – especially when you get to eat them before a goat or other animal does. πŸ™‚

Hotly Spiced - That’s a lovely looking asparagus dish. It’s so green and vibrant and how wonderful that you grew the asparagus yourself. The pumpkin looks like it’s growing very well and I’m looking forward to seeing your harvest xx

Krista - Thank you, @lizposmyk:disqus πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you share my excitement at these growing things. πŸ™‚

Krista - I promise to take pics for you as soon as they show up, @wanderingsheila:disqus πŸ™‚

Krista - I’m so glad I could bring a little summer to your frosty day, @breannemosher:disqus πŸ™‚ I can’t get over how cold it is up there right now! πŸ™‚

Krista - Asparagus is one of my favorites too, Tracy. πŸ™‚ I’ve never grown it before so it’s really exciting to see it producing so well. πŸ™‚

Krista - I hope they start appearing soon, @LindyLouMac:disqus πŸ™‚ The weather has been so crazy that nothing is growing as it should, but hopefully the pumpkins will pull through and produce. πŸ™‚

Liz Posmyk - What a beautifully fresh salad, Krista… and how exciting that you’re growing your own asparagus AND blue pumpkins!

Cathy - Looks just gorgeous Krista. I too can’t wait to see the blue pumpkins πŸ™‚

Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - Oh the green goodness!! Such a welcome sight and that salad sounds perfect for a summer’s day. I’m living through your pictures today. =)

Tracy A. - I admit to not being a fan of a variety of vegetables, but I adore asparagus. Your tender stalks look so delicious. How nice to know that they came from your garden!

LindyLouMac - Green and gorgeous, blue pumpkins I look forward to seeing photos. πŸ™‚

Krista - I’m so glad I could bring a bit of Spring to you today, Val. πŸ™‚ XO

Krista - I don’t have any pumpkins yet either, @budgetjan:disqus , so I shall join you in that finger crossing. πŸ™‚ C’mon, pumpkins!!!

budgetjan - That salad would be so crunchy fresh and zingy and you would feel so healthy after eating it. Wow. I was excited to see my pumpkin vine is finally getting some pumpkins on it. It has been growing fantastically, but no pumpkins. The bees have been visiting and I’ve been doing my best but to no avail. Fingers crossed I think some are staying. We love the Queensland Blue too. Don’t know what ours will be because they just grew themselves. πŸ™‚

bellini - Spring does seem that much closer when I see fresh asparagus ad green all per the Rambling Tart garden.

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