This pretty blend of garden-fresh vegetables and zesty herb dressing tastes as good as it looks! By microwaving the asparagus a bit before adding the other veggies, Patricia Alderete of Lowell, Indiana keeps cool in the kitchen.

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Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
7
Yield:
7 servings
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Ingredients

7
Original recipe yields 7 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place asparagus and 2 tablespoons water in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 3-6 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring once; drain and cool.

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  • In a large bowl, combine the asparagus, mushrooms, avocado, zucchini, tomato and onion; toss gently. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the remaining ingredients; shake well. Pour over salad and toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Tips

This recipe was tested with an 850-watt microwave.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving (1 cup) equals 122 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 111 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 fat.

Nutrition Facts

118 calories; protein 3.5g; carbohydrates 10.2g; fat 8.4g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 110.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (46)

Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2007
This was very, very good. Aside from using green onion instead of red, and fresh thyme, I followed the recipe exactly (although I did just lightly blanch the asparagus, rather than microwaving it, so it was still nice and crisp). The dressing is deliciously tangy, and the thyme is perfect. The only thing I'd change is I'd add more avocado--but that's just personal preference. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2009
This was a big hit! I didn't have any red onion but added half a sweet red pepper and a stalk of celery and a dash of onion powder. My husband and I had it for supper with baked talapia and the next day he ate all of the leftovers when I was at work! He said it was even better the next day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2008
We only had avacado and asparagus on hand for the vegetables, but it was delicious. Even though my boyfriend was a little scared by it ("Cold asparagus and avacado?!) He ended up really liking it. Very (surprisingly) delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2009
excellent--blanche asparagus 20 seconds--finished with fresh grated parmesan Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2008
This was delicious--a great combination of flavours that worked so well together. I had all of the ingredients on hand as I really enjoy salads and veggies--and it only took minutes to put it together. Followed the recipe exactly and wouldn't change a thing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2008
Wonderful! The tastes combine beautifully. I microwaved the asparagus for 4 minutes and then ran it under cold water to stop the cooking process, and it turned out perfectly. I also skipped the mushrooms and added some chopped walnuts. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2008
A wonderful, healthy salad and so pretty. It is very, very tasty and will become a staple at our house. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2009
Very good way to get some of my favorite veggies in one meal. I did roast my asparagus, and sauteed all the other veggies except the avocado and tomato. Personal preference, I just don't like raw veggies. I halved the thyme in the dressing as I don't care for that spice. It was a very good combo that I will make again. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2009
I love this salad! It takes a little longer than other salads to make because of all the ingredients, but the dressing is easy and very universal. I always have trouble fitting a lot of vegetables into my diet, but this definitely makes it much easier. I did find that there was too much onion for me though, so I usually I will put 3/4 the amount recommended. Read More
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