char-grilled chopped asparagus salad with smashed pita chips

char-grilled chopped asparagus salad with smashed pita chips

I have the unfortunate ability to remember every meal that I’ve ever eaten.

It’s a curse really. I’m not sure how or when it all started (I blame genetics), but my brain is riddled with recipes. If I’ve ever dined with you, chances are I will remember what you ate too. Going back almost 7 years ago now, I had a version of this salad at a restaurant. It was so good. All it took was a bag of pita chips to trigger my memory and then this little creation was born.

For the base, I’m using fat asparagus stalks. They’re perfect for grilling and I prefer these to the skinny ones. It’s still too cold to grill outside, so I used my trusty old griddle pan to get the job done. That char-grilled flavor is worth smoking out the kitchen.


  • ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ garlic clove
  • ½ c. olive oil
  • 1 bunch medium- fat asparagus stalks
  • 1x 14 oz. can of chickpeas
  • ½ c. diced roasted peppers (I used red + yellow)
  • ¾ c. fresh mozzarella 'pearls' or whole mozzarella diced
  • olive oil
  • salt + pepper
  • 2 handfuls of pita chips (I used Stacy's brand)
  • ½ c. crumbled goat cheese
Read the whole recipe on The Clever Carrot