Asparagus Ham Salad Recipe

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I received this recipe from a home economics teacher and now I serve it every spring time when the asparagus is fresh. I love it for lunch.—Jean Graf-Joyce, Albany, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 5 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 large tomato, cut into thin wedges

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 319 calories, 22g fat (8g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 1213mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add asparagus; cover and boil for 3 minutes. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ham, cheese, mushrooms, onion and sesame seeds. Add asparagus. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Spoon onto lettuce-lined serving plates; top with tomato wedges. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Asparagus Ham Salad in Simple & Delicious March/April 2006, p62

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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