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, 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 112g 172%
  • Carbs 68g 23%
  • Saturated 26g 130%
  • Fiber 32g 128%
  • Sugars 25g
  • Monounsaturated 54g
  • Polyunsaturated 26g
  • Protein 72g 145%
  • Cholesterol 77mg 26%
  • Sodium 4,040mg 168%
  • Calcium 1,841mg 184%
  • Magnesium 392mg 98%
  • Potassium 3,027mg 86%
  • Iron 28mg 155%
  • Zinc 14mg 90%
  • Phosphorus 1,611mg 230%
  • Vitamin A 935µg 104%
  • Vitamin C 156mg 261%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 129%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 99%
  • Niacin (B3) 12mg 62%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 70%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 527µg 132%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 23%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 11mg 57%
  • Vitamin K 1,513µg 1,891%
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