A colorful, pretty salad features lightly cooked asparagus, fresh avocado, mushrooms, zucchini, and tomato in a homemade vinaigrette dressing.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place asparagus and water into a dish, cover, and microwave on high for 3 minutes; stir. Continue microwaving until asparagus are bright green and slightly tender, 2 to 3 more minutes. Drain and cool.

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  • Toss asparagus, mushrooms, avocado, zucchini, tomato, and red onion gently in a large salad bowl. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, basil, thyme, salt, and black pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid; cover and shake dressing to mix. Pour dressing over salad and toss again to coat. Cover salad and refrigerate until serving time.

Nutrition Facts

157 calories; protein 4.2g 8% DV; carbohydrates 12.7g 4% DV; fat 11.7g 18% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 129.1mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2015
This is a colorful tasty alternative to a lettuce-based salad. With a nice mix of veggies and a lively vinaigrette it will find a place on my table often. I followed the recipe very closely only subbing in cherry tomatoes which I had on hand. The next time I make this I will add a bit less onion and perhaps grate it into the vinaigrette. I also added a pinch of salt after tasting. Thanks for the idea! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2015
This is a colorful tasty alternative to a lettuce-based salad. With a nice mix of veggies and a lively vinaigrette it will find a place on my table often. I followed the recipe very closely only subbing in cherry tomatoes which I had on hand. The next time I make this I will add a bit less onion and perhaps grate it into the vinaigrette. I also added a pinch of salt after tasting. Thanks for the idea! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2016
This is a marvelous side. I served it with the Mango Chicken Piccata found on this website and a sweet potato. It was wonderful. The only change I made to this recipe was the addition of pine nuts and a bit of blue cheese. It hit the spot. This is a side that will be presented to guests the year round. Wonderful addition to the Mango Chicken Piccata. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2016
This was great! I didn't have Dijon but yellow mustard worked just as well. I only had 1/2 purple onion also and I think that was enough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2015
I made this for a Christmas family dinner. Doubled the recipe except for the onion. Festive looking dish. Quite Tasty. Don't know how it made it to the dinner as I couldn't stop tasting it. Will definately make this again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2017
I rate the vegetable combination with 5 stars. So pretty so healthy and a good combination of crisp tangy and mellow. But I didn't love the dressing. I found it to be too tart. I will make this again but will experiment with a different vinaigrette dressing. (You don't want a creamy dressing which would cover up how pretty it is.) Read More