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Asparagus Rice Salad Recipe

Fresh asparagus makes this salad special. It's one of my favorite salads to serve in spring.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 cups cut fresh asparagus (2-inch pieces)
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup pecan halves
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 cups fresh spinach

Directions

  • 1. In a saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Stir in rice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until tinder. Place 1 in. of water and asparagus in a skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 minutes. Add peas; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the rice, asparagus mixture, onions, pecans and cilantro; mix well. In a bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, sour cream, lemon peel, salt and pepper. Pour over rice mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • 3. Just before serving, line a platter with 1 cup of spinach. Tear remaining spinach; arrange over spinach leaves. Top with rice mixture.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 286 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 413 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.