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Asparagus and Black Bean Salad

 Asparagus and Black Bean Salad
Parsley makes its presence known in this unusual medley tossed with a lime dressing. The salad is delicious and attractive with the red and green colors. —Iola Egle, Bella Vista, Arkansas
20 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, bring 1 in. of water to a boil. Add asparagus; cover
  • and boil for 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and
  • immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • In a large serving bowl, combine the asparagus, beans, red pepper,
  • onion and parsley. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lime juice, salt
  • and pepper. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Cover and
  • refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Yield: 20 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1/2 cup equals 69 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 99 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.