Herb-Dressed Asparagus Orange Salad Recipe
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Herb-Dressed Asparagus Orange Salad Recipe

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"When I serve this for gourmet dinners, I arrange asparagus spears into a sunburst pattern on a platter, placing orange segments in between," Sue Dannahower shares from Fort Pierce, Florida. "The greens and red onion are mounded in the center."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2/3 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons minced fresh basil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon, divided
  • 24 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 12 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 4 medium navel oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 115 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 198mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 5g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, buttermilk, oil and vinegar. Stir in 3 tablespoons basil and 1 tablespoon tarragon. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Place asparagus in a large skillet. Cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water; drain.
  3. Place three asparagus spears on an individual serving plate. Top with 1-1/2 cups salad greens. Drizzle with 2 tablespoon of dressing. arrange oranges and onions over salad greens. Sprinkle with remaining basil and tarragon. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Herb-Dressed Asparagus Orange Salad in Light & Tasty October/November 2004, p47

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