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Asparagus and Tomato Salad

Our house is full of asparagus "fans"—my husband, our daughter and I can't get enough of it! My recipe is one I created years ago. I wanted to serve a cold dish in place of a hot vegetable at a dinner we were having for family and friends, and this salad was the result. I've found people who don't normally care for asparagus enjoy it prepared this way.
  • 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, optional
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 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.
  • Place 1-2 lettuce leaves for serving on a large platter or individual salad plates. Halve the tomato slices and arrange on lettuce. Top with asparagus and avocado if desired. Combine all dressing ingredients; dollop on each salad.

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