May 23, 2011

Asparagus Salad Spring/Early Summer

Have you ever seen asparagus growing in a field? They look like little green soldiers in a row standing at attention and ready to do battle. Good thing for us that they’re fighting for our good health.



1 lb (500 g) fresh asparagus

½ large red pepper, diced

One – 6 oz (170 mL) jar marinated artichoke hearts, well drained, and chopped coarsely

2 tbsp (30 mL) diced fresh parsley



1 tbsp (15 mL) extra olive oil  or canola oil

1 tbsp (15 mL) white wine vinegar

½ tsp (2 mL) grainy Dijon mustard

Freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  1. Wash asparagus, cut off the woody part of the stem and discard. Steam the spears till tender crisp, heavy on the crisp part. Don’t over cook them. Grey-green droopy spears of over cooked asparagus are a sin in the culinary world.
  2. Once you have reached your desired level of tender/crisp, about 3 minutes, plunge them into a clean sink of cold water to stop the cooking. Drain in a colander.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and the Dijon.
  4. Add the red pepper, artichoke hearts, and the parsley. Toss well.
  5. Cut the asparagus into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces keeping the heads intact. Add to the bowl and gently toss. Cover and store in fridge till serving time. It tastes better after a couple of hours but it’s still great if you eat it right away.


Makes approx. 4 cups (1L)

One serving = ½ cup

One serving contains:

40 Calories, 1.7 g Total fat, 0 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 40 mg Sodium, 5.1 g Carbs, 2 g Fiber, 1.8 g Sugars, 2 g Protein


Diabetes Food Choice Values Per Serving

1 Extra, ½ Meat and Alternatives



0 Comments on “Asparagus Salad Spring/Early Summer

May 25, 2011 at 6:58 am

Looks really good. I will try it as a side with a shrimp/pasta bake.

June 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I have some fresh asparagus in the fridge and wasn’t sure what to do with it. Now I know!
This recipe looks easy to make and tasty.

June 12, 2011 at 5:47 am

So happy I found this recipe. I love to try new recipes and love Marilyn’s bubbly attitude. Can’t wait to make this. I will buy the book. Thanks


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