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Asparagus Salad Recipe

Asparagus Salad Recipe

A tangy, homemade dressing nearly steals the show from crisp-tender asparagus in Tammy Allison's nutritious salad. "It's a lovely display at dinner parties that isn't a lot of work," she writes from Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 cups spring mix salad greens
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple preserves
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Directions

  • 1. Place asparagus and water in a microwave-safe 11-in. x 7-in. dish. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • 2. Place salad greens on a serving platter; top with asparagus. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, orange juice, preserves, sesame seeds and ginger. Drizzle over salad. Sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 93 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 27 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.