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Spring Asparagus

This fresh and colorful side dish is delicious served warm or cold. I get lots of compliments on the homemade dressing. —Millie Vickery, Lena, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 small tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese, optional


  • In a large saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add asparagus; cook, covered, until crisp-tender, 3-5 minutes. Drain; place in a large bowl. Add tomatoes; cover and keep warm.
  • Place vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, onion, salt and paprika in a blender; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Toss with asparagus mixture. Top with almonds and, if desired, cheese.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 154 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 159mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

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  • Dottiebetz
    Mar 29, 2020

    Very Nicely done.

  • Sandi
    Mar 22, 2020

    Great recipe. I'll add sugar to taste next time, little to sweet form me. Also, only used about 1/2 of the dressing. Also, didn't have blue cheese so I used goat cheese. Was great.

  • Jackie
    Mar 15, 2020

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  • JBsez
    Apr 2, 2013

    I only used a tablespoon of sugar. It really doesn't need it.

  • zdb2010*
    May 26, 2011

    This is awesome - didn't put in the almonds though as I was running short on time to toast them etc. Also I only used about half of the dressing. SOOOOO tasty.

  • evrhaze
    May 7, 2011

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  • JoAnnBoruvka
    May 2, 2010

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  • Cahira
    Apr 9, 2010

    Fantastic salad, great both hot and cold the next day...

  • JessCostello
    Apr 30, 2009

    This is awesome. I made it after finding asparagus on sale at the grocers. What a treat! I will make it over and over, and have already passed it on to others!

  • MsSherm
    Sep 14, 2008

    This simple recipe is fresh with a complex flavor. My brother-in-law who doesn't like asparagus raved about this dish!