This springy salad of bright green asparagus spears and chopped hard boiled eggs in a creamy Dijon mustard sauce is perfect for Easter brunch. You can serve it as a first course—a welcome change from leafy greens—or side to poached salmon or honey baked ham.
Recipe adapted from Jacques Pepin's More Fast Food My Way.
- For the Salad:
- 3 large eggs
- 2 bunches thick asparagus spears, bottom ends trimmed (about 1 pound)
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives, for garnish
- For the Sauce:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- Pinch salt
- A few grinds freshly ground black pepper
Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water by one inch. Heat over high heat until the water comes to a rapid boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat, cover with a lid and let stand for 14 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water to chill. Peel and roughly chop the eggs and set aside.
Fill a medium bowl with ice water and set aside. Bring 6 cups water and 4 teaspoons salt to a boil in a large shallow pot. Add the asparagus and cook until tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the cooked asparagus to the ice bath. When cool, remove the asparagus from the ice bath and set on a clean dish towel to dry.
Meanwhile, mix mayonnaise, mustard, water, and vinegar in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
To serve, arrange the asparagus spears on individual plates or a platter and spoon the sauce generously over the middle of the spears. Sprinkle the chopped eggs and chives over the sauce.