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Sesame Asparagus Salad

 Sesame Asparagus Salad
Just in time for the springtime asparagus crop comes this refreshing side dish. "The sesame seeds give it a taste we all enjoy," confides Mrs. A. Squair of Salmon Arm British Columbia. "I often serve breadsticks with it for even more crunch."—Mrs. A. Squair, Salmon Arm, British Columbia
10-12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 cups torn romaine
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimientos
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • In a saucepan, combine asparagus and water; bring to a boil. Reduce
  • heat; cover and simmer for 4-8 minutes or until asparagus is
  • crisp-tender. Drain. Place asparagus in a large bowl and chill. Just
  • before serving, add romaine, onion and pimientos. In a small bowl,
  • whisk sesame seeds, lemon juice, oil, pepper, basil and salt; pour
  • over salad and toss. Yield: 10-12 servings