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Springtime Salad

Tender green asparagus and juicy red strawberries star in this colorful salad, which I often make for spring luncheons and showers. It tastes as terrific as it looks! —Molly Payne, Buffalo, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese, optional


  • In a large skillet, bring water to a boil. Add asparagus; cover and boil for 3 minutes. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry; set aside.
  • In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the sugar, oil, vinegar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion, salt, paprika and Worcestershire sauce; shake well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • In a large bowl, combine asparagus and strawberries. Drizzle with dressing; and toss to coat. Sprinkle with blue cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 145 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • gentledawn
    Jun 13, 2011

    made for a party and everyone loved it- taken to several other dinners since and everyone wants the recipe-love it

  • gentledawn
    Jun 13, 2011

    I was looking for something different to take to my Granddaughter's party and everyone loved it- have since take to other dinners and everyone wants the recipe.

  • s_pants
    May 16, 2011

    I LOVE THIS!!!

  • shecooksalot
    Apr 25, 2011

    I found this recipe in one of my Taste of Home cookbooks and decided to give it a try for Easter. My family loved it!! My only regret was not making a double batch so everyone could enjoy it. They want me to make it next week for another family event. This recipe was also really easy and quick to make (my favorite kind). I substitued splenda for the sugar which worked great.

  • sjt001
    May 11, 2010

    It was quick and easy and soooo good. I will make it many more times.

  • ladyofgwen
    May 1, 2009

    This is delicious and easy. Great for brunch! I often substitute Splenda for sugar. Many compliments and recipe requests.