Asparagus and Chicken Salad

crispy bread and asparagus

Manna from heaven. That's what this salad was.

I would use up all your bandwidth if I detailed yesterday's schedule--one of those days I crossed my fingers and hoped it wouldn't end in shambles. It didn't, and all because of some amazing men in my life. My brother-in-law Michael watched Loretta all day, and Richard picked Wyatt up from the bus stop. And not only that, Richard loaded me up with dinner from his Costco run--fresh asparagus, roasted chicken, a big bag spinach leaves. When I knocked on the door to get Wyatt, I had decided it was going to be a popcorn-for-dinner sort of night. That's not necessarily bad, mind you, but maybe not the ideal way to refuel after a long day.

Instead, I got the rice cooker going for the kids. They had chicken and rice, and I had this delicious, spring-is-coming salad. Spinach, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, a buttery avocado. Then asparagus tips and bread cubes sauteed in lots of olive oil, dumped hot over everything, with coarse salt and a big squeeze of lemon.

I am learning the hard way that people actually like to help me! But I won't experience it unless I ask. I'm coaching a consulting team right now, and was talking with them last week about what I call "the power of the request." Meaning, don't expect people to pick up on what you want. Don't hope they read your mind. Ask! The problem is asking means risking. Specifically, risking rejection or vulnerability. Ew.

Thank you, universe, for busy days when I absolutely have to ask for help. They sometimes end in delectable salads and the never-gets-old reminder that I'm not alone. What about you? What have you experienced around asking for help?

manna

Asparagus Chicken Salad
Serves one hungry mom. Line a large dinner plate with clean spinach or lettuce leaves. Arrange roasted chicken, toasted walnuts, crumbled goat cheese, and half an avocado (diced) over the top. Trim clean and 5 or 6 spears of asparagus, then cut them into 1" lengths. Cube a hefty slice of artisan bread (stale works great). Heat 2 Tb. of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. When shimmering, add asparagus and saute for one minute. Add bread cubes, a big pinch of kosher salt, and saute for about 3 minutes more. Dump hot asparagus and bread over salt, drizzle olive oil, then squeeze a lemon over the whole thing.