Warm Sesame Beef & Asparagus Salad Recipe

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Especially during the summer, this makes a nice light meal. It's quick and easy, but it always wins me many compliments. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. I like to experiment with different recipes.—Tamara Steeb, Issaquah, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 beef top round steak (1 pound)
  • 4 cups sliced fresh asparagus (cut in 2-inch pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated gingerroot
  • Sesame seeds
  • Lettuce leaves, optional

Nutritional Facts

160 calories: 1 cup, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable 0 fat.


  1. Preheat broiler. In a broiler pan 3-4 in. from heat, broil meat until it reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Cool and cut into thin diagonal strips.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring 1/2 in. water to a boil. Add asparagus; cook, uncovered, just until crisp-tender, 3-5 minutes. Drain and cool.
  3. Combine beef and asparagus. Stir together soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar and ginger; pour over beef and asparagus. Sprinkle with sesame seeds; toss lightly. If desired, serve on lettuce leaves. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sesame Beef and Asparagus Salad in Taste of Home's Down-Home Diabetic Cookbook Annual 1995, p21

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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