Cooking Challenge: Asparagus, Potato and Watermelon Salad with Garlic Chive Dressing

By / Food / July 9th, 2013 / 4

The Tidings Cooking Challenge is an opportunity for food lovers to try their hand at creating something together. Not all in the same kitchen, of course. Rather, try the recipe in your own time and then come back and tell us what you thought of it. You can add your comments below.

This summer salad makes use of all the wonderful fresh fruit and vegetable available to us around this time of year. If you’d like to substitute any of the ingredients, go ahead! The ingredients below are really only a guideline. You change it up in any way you’d like. Oh, and have fun, of course.

Asparagus, Potato and Watermelon Salad with Garlic Chive Dressing

Cooking Challenge – Asparagus, Potato and Watermelon Salad with Garlic Chive Dressing

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Serves: serves 4; dressing makes 1 cup


  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 1 lb red potatoes
  • 1 lb of watermelon, peeled and seeded
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives (optional)
  • Green Onion Dressing
  • Salt, to taste
  • Green Onion Dressing
  • 8 garlic chives, finely chopped
  • 1/4 balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp mint, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp basil, chopped
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Snap off and discard tough asparagus ends. Grill or steam asparagus; cook until barely tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool and set aside.
  2. Cook potatoes in salted, boiling water until just tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and let cool; set aside.
  3. Cut watermelon into 1/4-inch-thick cubes.
  4. Line a platter with mixed greens. Drizzle a little of the Garlic Chive Dressing over them and gently mix.
  5. Arrange asparagus, potatoes, watermelon and olives over the greens. Drizzle dressing overtop and serve.
  6. Garlic Chive Dressing
  7. In a food processor, purée the garlic chives and all remaining ingredients, except the salt.
  8. Season to taste with salt.

Rosemary Mantini has always loved words. When she isn't working as the Associate Editor at Tidings Magazine, she's helping others achieve their writing dreams, and sometimes she even relaxes with a good book and a glass of wine.

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