My Mardi Gras Salad is a tossed salad of peas, asparagus, onions, and peppers.

Mardi Gras Salad With Asparagus

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This sweet and tangy marinated Mardi Gras Salad has the traditional purple, green, and gold colors of a Fat Tuesday celebration. It’s served cold with a crisp bite, perfect for Mardi Gras season but can be enjoyed anytime.

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Two masked Mardi Gras participants.
My niece, Camille, and her friend dressed in festive Mardi Gras colors. They’re in there somewhere!

Mardi Gras And Lent

The traditional Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday festivities are near and dear to many Cajuns since it marks the day before entering the Lenten season. That’s why there’s much celebrating with costumes, parades, and good food. It’s one last party before Lent.

Lent is the time set to consecrate the heart remembering the forty days Jesus fasted in the desert. Similarly, the season lasts about forty days, starting with Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Sunday to commemorate our Lord’s resurrection from the grave. A day most worthy of celebration!

Making The Mardi Gras Salad

Fresh vegetables in a wooden bowl with a jar of salad dressing.

This beautiful salad is so easy to assemble. It all starts with making the vinegar and oil dressing with sugar and turmeric. You may be expecting paprika, but turmeric is delicious and good for fighting inflammation. I like incorporating it into my diet as much as possible, and this is a delightful way.

A jar of marinating salad dressing with vegetables.

Next is the simple task of blanching frozen green peas and fresh asparagus. The veggies are then tossed with the dressing then marinated in the refrigerator for hours.

My Mardi Gras Salad is a tossed salad of peas, asparagus, onions, and peppers.

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My Mardi Gras Salad is a tossed salad of peas, asparagus, onions, and peppers.

Mardi Gras Salad With Asparagus

This brightly colored marinated salad of purple, gold, and green are the colors of Mardi Gras. It makes a delicious addition to any meal any time of year.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6




  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


  • 1 bunch of fresh asparagus, cleaned, snapped, and cut into fourths; see notes
  • 1 16-ounce bag frozen green peas
  • 2 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 small purple onion, sliced thin
  • 1  4-ounce jar chopped pimientos


  1. Add all ingredients for the dressing except for the oil into a quart jar; close the lid, shake well, open the jar, add the oil, and shake some more; set aside.
  2. Pour water into a large pot, fill the pot halfway, and bring water to a boil.
  3. Place asparagus and peas into boiling water and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove vegetables from heat and drain vegetables into a colander, rinse with cold water.
  5. Put the rest of the salad ingredients with cooked vegetables into a large sealable container and pour dressing over the salad.
  6. Toss the ingredients together and store them, sealed in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours before serving.


  • Snap the asparagus toward the end of the spear to get rid of the tough part.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: salads
  • Method: mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Mardi Gras Salad, marinated salad

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  1. This was a wonderful salad and I am passing recipe along. I doubled the recipe (10 guests) and it turned out wonderful with leftovers for everyone to take home. I did make the dressing in (2) separate batches. The combination of vegetables and flavors (sweet/sour) just made the salad. I was on a time crunch and only had it marinate for 4 hours, but it was fantastic. It tastes just as good the next day as it did the first. Definitely will serve this again, a real crowd pleaser. Thank you.

    • So glad you liked it and that it was a blessing to your table! Thanks for letting me know and thanks for passing it on.

  2. GREAT recipe! I brought it to a Mardi Gras Party and they loved it. I marinated for 6 hours, and it was really good. But I think it was even better the next day. The real test in knowing if someone really likes it? They ask for the recipe! And 2 people asked for the recipe. I doubled the ingredients but kept the same amount of dressing. Very yummy!!!

    • Awe, thank you! Sounds like it was a hit. Glad to know about only needing half of the dressing when doubling the recipe. I will put it in the recipe notes. Thanks again!

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