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
370
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
15g
21%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
157mg
52%
Carbohydrate, by difference
2g
2%
Protein
55g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
153µg
22%
Vitamin B-12
5µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
10mg
13%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
210µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
208mg
21%
Choline, total
156mg
37%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
47µg
12%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
71mg
22%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
11mg
79%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
489mg
70%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
58µg
100%
Sodium, Na
254mg
17%
Water
160g
6%
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.

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