Simple and quick, this spring salad is perfect for the first picnic of the season or served beside a Leg of Lamb.
What to buy: Use good-quality extra-virgin olive oil to prepare this salad—it will add a lot of flavor.
P’tit Basque is a flavorful sheep’s-milk cheese from the Basque region of France. It has a fruity, olivelike flavor. If you can’t find it, use Manchego cheese instead.
Game plan: This salad can be made up to 2 hours ahead—just leave off the cheese. Toss briefly and top with cheese right before serving.
This dish was featured as part of our Picnic Recipes photo gallery.
For the vinaigrette:
Beverage pairing: Domaines Schlumberger Gewürztraminer Fleur, France. This light-bodied Gewürztraminer’s sweet fruit picks up the saltiness of the cheese, while the floral notes dance between the asparagus and the mint.