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Asparagus & Pear Salad

I look forward to the fresh asparagus my husband grows in his garden and this salad is the perfect opportunity to use it. It makes a pretty presentation served over lettuce. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 large pear, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons prepared honey Dijon salad dressing
  • 8 romaine lettuce leaves

Directions

  • In a large skillet, bring 1/2 in. of water to a boil. Add asparagus; cover and boil for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry; cut into 1/2-in. pieces and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine pear and lemon juice. Add the onions, walnuts and reserved asparagus; drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Arrange lettuce on four salad plates; top with asparagus mixture. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 128 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

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  • JoeyW
    May 15, 2011

    Not normally an asparagus lover, but this salad made it a new favorite!

  • pupfoster1
    May 14, 2011

    Oh, footnote, I used Newmans reduced fat honey mustard dressing. 2 thumbs up!

  • pupfoster1
    May 14, 2011

    Oh, footnote, I used Newmans reduced fat honey mustard dressing. 2 thumbs up!

  • pupfoster1
    May 14, 2011

    LOVE IT! Eating it as I type. I went ahead and just cut the asparagus before I cooked it and microwaved it for about 2 1/2 minutes then rinsed in cold water. This could be a meal in itself! Love it!

  • sumallory
    May 12, 2011

    No comment left

  • ibarton65
    May 11, 2011

    Just made this with some minor variation: since I had a lot of lime juice, I used it instead of lemon juice and I added firm tofu for more protein. Once the tofu absorbed the other flavors, the dish was fantastic! I'm happy to say my hubby hates asparagus, so YAY, more for me!