Recipe by USA WEEKEND columnist Jean Carper
"Fresh asparagus is cooked in the microwave then tossed with nuts and greens and drizzled with a tangy balsamic vinegar dressing."
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medium stalks asparagus
Italian-style salad greens with radicchio
low-sodium soy sauce
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Steamed the asparagus, toasted the hazelnuts, added a splash of honey to dressing and let it all marinade together overnight. Yum! I have to agree that the asparagus tastes better alone than with the greens.
This was good but nothing amazing. I marinated the asparagus in 1/2 the dressing and then used the other 1/2 on the salad. I also added tomato, cucumber, and boiled eggs. I used almonds instead of hazelnuts. I steamed the asparagus instead of doing it in the microwave. Overall it was very easy but not so great that I'll make it again.
I love the simplicity of microwaving the asparagus. I microwaved the asparagus (snapped into thirds) and a little bit of diced red onion. I made the dressing as directed. I loved it. The only reason why I gave it four stars versus five was I do not think you need to serve it over greens. A nice touch but not required. I loved it!
a nice quick salad although I too added a little sweetness to the dressing (and halfed it)- I added orange honey which complimented the juice. I also steamed the asparagus instead of microwaving it... that allowed me to avoid the hassle of configuring microwave wattage. Running the cooked asparagus under cold water after it was to my liking, also stopped the cooking to help keep it somewhat crisp. This recipe would also go nicely over baby spinach with fresh bacon bits replacing the hazelnuts.
I halved the dressing recipe, which was more than enough for 1 bunch of asparagus. Also, I added a little bit of sugar - otherwise it was WONDERFUL. I will make it again.
I have served this at several dinner parties now. It is so easy and absolutely delicious. People like the dressing so much they dip meat in it after the greens are gone!
It is nice to know that I can cook asparagus in the microwave. I didn't serve this over greens, just served the marinated asparagus as a side dish. Next time I'll cut the dressing/marinade in half because there was way more than I needed for just the asparagus. Still, this was quite good and we enjoyed it.
had to use up some asparagus fast.Followed directions,adding a little minced garlic to marinade,used olive oil.I have never been able to cook asparsgus in micro.THANKS FOR THE TIP.This is just delicious,alone or on lettuce.Didn't bother with nuts.Will keep this.Great for company!!!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Microwave Asparagus Salad
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 103
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