Tomato and Asparagus Salad Recipe

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I created this recipe years ago. I wanted to serve a cold dish in place of a hot vegetable at a dinner we were having. I've found most everyone likes asparagus prepared this way.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 8 to 16 lettuce leaves
  • 2 to 3 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • Pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 96 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Combine the water and onion powder; bring to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook 3-5 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender and bright green. Drain; cool to room temperature.
  2. Place 1-2 lettuce leaves per serving on a large platter or individual salad plates. Halve the tomato slices and arrange over lettuce. Top tomatoes with spears of asparagus and slices of avocado if desired. Combine dressing ingredients; top each salad serving with a generous dollop. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Asparagus and Tomato Salad in Taste of Home's Down-Home Diabetic Cookbook Annual 1995, p51

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