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Roasted Asparagus & New Potato Salad

This is my idea of comfort food in the springtime. It’s comforting because of the roasted potatoes yet it’s still light and “spring-y” because of the fresh asparagus and lemon vinaigrette.

The weather hasn’t made up its mind and we’ve been experiencing everything from 75 degrees and sunny to torrential downpours and major drops in temperature. The extremes make it really difficult to get dressed for the day and I always seem to get it wrong which results in a wardrobe change every afternoon. Laundry this time of the year is always a nightmare

The weather may be unpredictable (and lord knows the weatherman can’t be trusted) so I particularly appreciate the reliability of my kitchen and fresh ingredients.  After a long stretch of rough days on the farm this meal really brightened our spirits.

I couldn’t get through hard times without these two guys. I know we will have plenty more hiccups at the farm but as of now things are on the up and up!

Roasted asparagus and potatoes are a lovely match and I hope you all enjoy this meal as much as we did. The lemon-caper vinaigrette just moved to the top of my favorite dressings and if you can believe it- there isn’t a hint of tahini anywhere! Who am I?

You can find asparagus and new potatoes at your local farmers markets this time of year. New potatoes are great because they are harvested young and tend to be sweet and really creamy. No peeling required! Major plus!

This meal deserves to be enjoyed with someone special. So grab your lover, best friend, dog, cat, mom or dad and dig in!

Roasted Asparagus & New Potato Salad with Lemon-Caper Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 40 minutes    Serves: 4

  • 2 Tablespoons oil of choice (we used grapeseed)
  • 4-6 new potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 bunch asparagus, tough ends broken off and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 cups fresh arugula
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • A few extra capers to toss on the salad at the end
Lemon-Caper Dressing:
  • Juice from 1 large lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons capers
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • pinch of fine sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add chopped potatoes to a bowl and drizzle with 1 Tablespoon grapeseed oil. Season with a little salt and pepper. Place on a prepared baking sheet and cook in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  3. Toss asparagus with the remaining 1 Tablespoon of oil and season with a little salt and pepper. After 10 minutes remove the potatoes form the oven. Add the asparagus to the pan and toss everything together. Place back in the oven and cook until potatoes and asparagus are browned and slightly crisp on all sides. About 20 minutes. Check veggies after about 12 minutes to make sure nothing is burning.
  4. While veggies cook prepare you dressing by combing all the ingredients and whisking until smooth. This works best in a food processor or with an immersion blender. Taste test and adjust ingredients if necessary. Set aside.
  5. Once veggies are done roasting remove from the oven and immediately toss with the arugula and walnuts. The arugula will wilt quite a bit which is what we are going for here!
  6. Place veggies in a large bowl and drizzle with dressing. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Divide salad among plates and sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes, minced dill and a few extra capers.


*Use this recipe as a guide. *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary. *Cooking times will vary depending on your oven and the size of your veggies *Always taste test as you go

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19 thoughts on “Roasted Asparagus & New Potato Salad

  1. No tahini, whaaaa? I’ve definitely never made a caper dressing before, and can’t wait to try! Sounds fabulous with the new potatoes. And I am with you on the weather – it was gorgeous and sunny when I left the house this morning, and crazy windy and cold when I got out of work. Of course, I was in a temperature controlled building in between 🙂 Wishing you good weather and yummy food the rest of the week!

  2. Amy says:

    I have a jar of capers in the cupboard that I bought a few months ago. I suppose I was going to use them to? Who knows what really. This salad looks like the best excuse to crack them open! Asparagus is out of season here in Australia, but I bet some green beans would work just as nicely.
    Hoping for good weather for you!

  3. The weather has been particularly bad in Canada but something like this looks so delicious, no matter the weather. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I don’t put capers in my dressing often enough, thanks for the reminder. I love this roasted potato and lemon dressing pairing.. Yum!

    1. Just made this last night and served it over quinoa. It was so good and so easy! Thanks for a great weeknight meal idea!

  5. Such a cute blog!

    I actually passed on some cheap asparagus the other day because i couldn’t think of anything to do with it.

    Sigh….back to the grocery store for me =)

  6. A recipe without tahini or beets? Are you feeling okay? 😉
    All of the flavors look incredible together and I’ll have to keep an eye out for those new potatoes, they sound amazing!

  7. I love this salad so much and the photos are beautiful! I love asparagus, potatoes, and lemony dressing so i will have to make this soon 🙂 Your garden looks amazing! All I have is just a few pots and a tiny above ground bed, but it is still exciting!

  8. Stacy says:

    Creamy delicious salad dressing!

  9. Emma says:

    mmm. I make a roast new potato and asparagus salad too- but with a lemon basil dressing. Must try your caper and dill version as I love both of those flavours.

  10. Jean says:

    This sounds great. On my list to try. It looks like things are growing pretty well despite the awful weather. Are the horses in the background yours?

  11. francesca says:

    ahh… looks wonderfully spring-y. Are you past the parsnips now?!

  12. Karolyn says:

    Just made this tonight, so so so good. Love the dressing and the fresh dill. I adjusted the roasting time bc I had super thin asparagus and it worked out great. It’s awesome that the asparagus roasts in the same pan as the potatoes. Really tasty dish!

  13. Linda Warschoff says:

    I made this last night and it was delilcious1 Unfortunately no leftovers. I will confess that I cheated and used a local (Maryland) dressing called Lemonette made by TessaMae’s in Annapolis. The ingredients are practically identical to the ones you list. Except for the capers… which I added after I tossed everything. The fresh dill is the best part of the whole salad!

  14. I love warm potato salads, especially ones with a bright fresh dressing like this! I’ll be trying this soon!

  15. Julia says:

    I’ve made this salad twice now. It’s really good. I changed it up a bit and ended up posting the recipe on my blog, with thanks and a link to your blog.

  16. Victoria C. says:

    I made this for my sweetie tonight and we both LOVED it!!! Excellent ingredients and directions. The store didn’t have dill in stock so I skipped that. It was still delicious!

  17. Stephanie says:

    Amazingly delicious! Made it twice in 1 week, I am addicted.

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