PointsPlus Balsamic Asparagus And Cherry Tomato Salad

PointsPlus Balsamic Asparagus And Cherry Tomato Salad
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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.
  • 1 1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 cup fresh cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon unsweetened orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese, preferably parmigiano-reggiano
  1. 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.
  2. Plunge the asparagus into the ice bath to stop them from cooking. Drain and place on a serving platter. Top with the tomatoes.
  3. 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.