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Balsamic asparagus and cherry tomato salad

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Total Time
10 min
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Raw garlic gives an assertive, sharp flavor to this fantastic asparagus salad recipe. It requires just eight ingredients to make, two of which include salt and pepper, so it'll soon become a go-to. Plus you need 10 minutes to throw it together, thanks to a quick blanching of the asparagus, which is the only cooking that's required. Mix the garlic with a little bit of balsamic vinegar and unsweetened orange juice for the easiest dressing ever. You can also incorporate red onions into the salad if you have any on hand. Chop up any of the salad leftovers and toss with whole wheat pasta for an easy main dish.



1½ pound(s)

Cherry tomatoes

1 cup(s), cut in half

Balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp

Unsweetened orange juice

2 tsp

Jarred minced garlic

1 tsp

Shredded parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp, fresh, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano

Table salt

tsp, or to taste

Black pepper

tsp, or to taste


  1. Chop tough ends off asparagus. Boil asparagus just until tender, about 4 to 6 minutes. (Or microwave asparagus about 2 to 3 minutes.)
  2. Plunge asparagus into a large bowl of ice water to stop them from cooking; drain and place on a serving platter. Sprinkle tomatoes over top.
  3. In a cup, stir together vinegar, orange juice and garlic; season to taste. Spoon dressing over asparagus and tomatoes; sprinkle with cheese and serve. Yields 1/4 of asparagus per serving.