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Asparagus Salad

A tangy, homemade dressing nearly steals the show from crisp-tender asparagus in Tammy Allison's nutritious salad. "It's a lovely display at dinner parties that isn't a lot of work," she writes from Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 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 pineapple preserves
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted


  • Place asparagus and water in a microwave-safe 11x7-in. 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.
  • 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. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 93 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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