Fresh Balsamic Asparagus Salad

"This is a very tasty fresh salad, crisp and tangy! I love this stuff. :)"
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  • Trim the asparagus (keeping the darker green and less fibrous parts) and cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • Thinly slice the mushrooms.
  • Simmer the asparagus in 1/2 cup of water with a pinch of salt until it is tender (about 10-13 minutes).
  • While the asparagus is simmering, whisk the lemon juice, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and garlic together.
  • Gradually add the olive oil and then the black pepper.
  • Once you have drained the asparagus and let it cool, gently toss it with half of the dressing to coat it well.
  • Toss the remaining dressing with the basil and the mushrooms, and sprinkle the mixture over the asparagus.
  • Season to taste with salt, garnish with freshly grated Parmesan or Mizithra cheese, and serve.

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  1. pmorgan5
    OUTSTANDING!! I roasted the asparagus w/a little olive oil and sea salt (3-5 minutes, depending on size of stalks), then followed the recipe. Wonderful fresh taste. This is a keeper as long as the local asparagus is available.
  2. SwampBlowUp
    I have made this a few times and LOVE it! I steam my asparagus a few minutes then cool it down in cold water so it stays nice and green. I also have added some fiddleheads to it..mmmm
  3. CulinaryExplorer
    This is VERY good! I wanted something a little different than the usual roasted or sauteed asparagus and this was perfect. The flavors were bold, and perfect together, and the dish was simple to prepare. I halved the recipe and made for just two people for 3pts a piece! Not bad at all!
  4. smileys
    This was wonderful. I steamed the asparagus only about 3 minutes, leaving it a bit crunchy. The combination of ingredients is fantastic, and was the perfect side to lemon/garlic chicken and artichoke ravioli w/ vodka sauce. This goes into my "winner" file!
  5. Texas Wine Girl
    Took this to a small dinner party and received rave reviews! As others suggested, I steamed the asparagus for 5 mins, but 2 would be even better. I also added the dressing and parmesan just before serving. Will definitely make again!


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