Asparagus & Haricots Verts Salad

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By Anthony Bourdain

Published 2004

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Again, if the asparagus at the market is over the hill, woody at the base, or nasty looking, wait until you find some good stuff. You’re looking for thin, brightly colored, tender (all the way down) asparagus, with its florets still tightly coiled.


  • salt
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed, stem peeled, and bound together with kitchen string (all spears facing in the same direction)
  • 6



Fill the large pot with water, add a few tablespoons of salt, and bring to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook for 5 minutes, or until bright green and tender. Remove from the boiling water with the slotted spoon and place in the ice bath. Be gentle! Once cold, remove the asparagus from the water, discard the string, and set aside.