Asparagus and grape tomatoes with dill dressing

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SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
10 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
0 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Turn this refreshing side-salad, featuring asparagus, grape tomatoes, and red onions, into a complete lunch or light dinner by sprinkling with reduced-fat goat cheese and serving with a crusty French baguette. Of course, keep in mind that these changes may affect the nutritional value. This recipe comes together in just 10 minutes, thanks to blanching and a quick, easy dressing, made of lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dry mustard, and a touch of sugar for sweetness. Blanching vegetables is a good cooking technique for vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, green beans, sugar snap peas, and snow peas which need to be cooked lightly, then cooled quickly before serving. Blanching heightens their color and preserves their flavor.

Ingredients

uncooked asparagus

1 pound(s), trimmed and fibrous stalks peeled

fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp

olive oil

1 Tbsp, extra-virgin

balsamic vinegar

1 tsp, white variety, or white wine vinegar

dry mustard

½ tsp, powder

sugar

½ tsp

table salt

¼ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

dill

2 Tbsp, minced

grape tomatoes

1 cup(s), or cherry tomatoes, halved

uncooked red onion(s)

2 Tbsp, chopped, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Blanch the asparagus in a large pan of salted boiling water until crisp-tender, 3–5 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the asparagus to a large bowl of ice water. Cool the asparagus for 1 minute, then drain on layers of paper towels.
  2. To make the dressing, combine the juice, oil, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl; stir in the dill.
  3. Arrange the asparagus on a serving platter, top with the tomatoes, drizzle with the dressing, and sprinkle with the red onion.

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