PointsPlus Balsamic Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Salad

PointsPlus Balsamic Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Salad
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Balsamic Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Salad

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Balsamic Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Salad

When working with an ingredient like asparagus, it's best not to mess around with it too much. Here, a little balsamic vinegar and some fresh orange juice help the clean flavors of asparagus shine, and cherry tomatoes add a little sweetness and tang.

4
Servings
705
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  pound  asparagus, trimmed
  • 1  cup  fresh cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1  tablespoon  balsamic vinegar
  • 2  teaspoons  unsweetened orange juice
  • 1  teaspoon  minced garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2  tablespoons  shredded Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cook the asparagus just until tender, about 4-6 minutes. (Or microwave the asparagus on high for about 2-3 minutes.) Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl.

Plunge the asparagus into the ice bath to stop them from cooking. Drain and place on a serving platter. Top with the tomatoes.

In a cup, stir together the vinegar, orange juice, and garlic and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spoon the dressing over the asparagus and tomatoes. Top with the cheese and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
50g
71%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
18g
75%
Cholesterol
193mg
64%
Carbohydrate, by difference
2g
2%
Protein
58g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
32µg
5%
Vitamin B-12
5µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
141mg
14%
Choline, total
161mg
38%
Folate, total
14µg
4%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
44mg
14%
Niacin
11mg
79%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
505mg
72%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
58µg
100%
Sodium, Na
264mg
18%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
123g
5%
Zinc, Zn
12mg
100%

Asparagus Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Asparagus Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.