Asparagus Salad

A tangy, homemade dressing nearly steals the show from the crisp-tender asparagus.

| April/May 2006

“It’s a lovely display that isn’t a lot of work,” writes Tammy A. from Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Asparagus Salad Recipe Asparagus Salad Recipe

You Will Need 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed 2 tablespoons water 4 cups spring mix salad greens 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons orange juice 2 tablespoons each apricot and pineapple preserves 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

What to Do 1. Place the asparagus and water in a microwave-safe 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry.

2. Place salad greens on a serving platter; top with asparagus. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, orange juice, preserves, sesame seeds and ginger. Drizzle over salad. Sprinkle with almonds.

Serves 6

Nutrition facts: 1 serving equals 93 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 27 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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