Grilled Asparagus Salad with Spicy Herbed Pesto

Grilled Asparagus Salad with Spicy Herbed Pesto
Tim Byres

Ingredients

For the spicy herbed pesto:

  • 1 cup chopped tomatillo
  • ½ cup Italian parsley sprigs
  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • ½ cup cilantro sprigs
  • 5 medium garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon original Tabasco® brand pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup toasted pecans
  • Salt

For the grilled asparagus salad:

  • 3 bunches medium-size asparagus
  • ½ cup small basil leaves
  • ½ cup fresh Italian parsley
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped toasted pecans
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Salt, to taste

Though pesto is typically made with basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, and garlic, adding a little bit of heat gives a great twist to this classic asparagus dish. It's the perfect spring starter for a weeknight dinner.

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Directions

For the spicy herbed pesto:

Combine tomatillo, parsley, basil, cilantro, garlic, water, Tabasco sauce, lime juice, and cumin in blender. Blend until mixed. Add Parmesan cheese and pecans; blend until smooth. Remove to bowl; season with salt to taste. Cover and set aside.

For the grilled asparagus salad:

Preheat grill or broiler. Rinse and trim asparagus. Place in large shallow bowl; carefully toss with 1 cup of the pesto; mix well. Season to taste with salt.

Grill or broil asparagus one half at a time until lightly charred, turning frequently. Repeat with remaining asparagus.

Combine basil, parsley and cilantro in medium bowl; toss with ½ cup of the pesto. 

To serve, place 6 asparagus on individual plate; top with tossed herbs. Sprinkle with pecans and Parmesan. Spoon small dollops of the pesto on the plate.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

183 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

9%

Servings:

8
  • Fat 14g 22%
  • Carbs 8g 3%
  • Saturated 3g 16%
  • Fiber 4g 16%
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 9g 18%
  • Cholesterol 10mg 3%
  • Sodium 507mg 21%
  • Calcium 232mg 23%
  • Magnesium 50mg 12%
  • Potassium 397mg 11%
  • Iron 4mg 20%
  • Zinc 2mg 11%
  • Phosphorus 203mg 29%
  • Vitamin A 132µg 15%
  • Vitamin C 21mg 35%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 16%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 13%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 9%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 69µg 17%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 3%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 204µg 255%
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