Recipe: Asparagus Salad with Sun Dried Tomato and a Lemony Vinaigrette

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If, like many of us, you may have gained a pound or two over the holidays, then you came to the right place. For the month of January I’ll be posting ultra skinny recipes to get us on track, and those numbers on the scale in check.

Asparagus Salad

This asparagus salad with a sweet balsamic dressing is the perfect way to get back to your healthy eating lifestyle.

According to Eating Well (a favored magazine), asparagus has detoxifying properties. Just what we need after the holiday eating extravaganza we just enjoyed.  This sounds like a good reason to eat a bunch if you asked me.

http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/5_powerful_health_benefits_of_asparagus_you_probably_didn_t_know

Isn’t this picture amazing? Don’t you just love those vibrant colors? 

How about adding sun dried tomatoes for texture, sweet red onions, and fresh oregano? Now our salad is gaining steam!

Asparagus Salad

But asparagus and tomatoes aren’t enough to make this salad lover happy. I need something to bring my salad together. A sunny, lemony vinaigrette does the trick, but the lemon has to be fresh squeezed for that lift I want to balance flavors.

Not bad for a salad with less than 115 calories.

Asparagus Salad

I’m keeping it skinny with this salad, but if you need a sprinkle of cheese, Prevention Magazine rates the top low fat cheese for you. Feta isn’t on the list, but it’s my number one choice as a salad topper. It has such a distinctive flavor that just a sprinkle does it for me.

If you have the funds, invest in a small bottle of walnut oil. It doesn’t take much to spruce up your salads, and it’s a nice change from the proverbial olive oil. Be sure to store your investment in your refrigerator to keep it from going rancid.

There you are! Our first recipe of 2014. Be sure to stick around as we’re sprucing things up a bit here at Mother Rimmy’s. I’m excited for 2014, and wish you and your loved ones all the best this coming year.

~Kristi

Recipe: Asparagus Salad with Sun Dried Tomato
 
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Shake It Up! Swap olive oil for walnut oil if you don't have it available.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups asparagus spears, thin, cut into 1½" pieces
  • 1 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomato, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, dried and crumbled
  • 2 medium tomato , seeded and chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine. Chill for 20 minutes to combine flavors.
Notes
Food energy: 112kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 3
Saturated fatty acids: 0.42g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 0.83g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 2.35g
Total fat: 3.59g
Calories from fat: 32
Cholesterol: --
Carbohydrate, by difference: 18.16g
Total dietary fiber: 5.42g
Protein: 5.03g
Total lipid (fat): 3.96g
Water: 294.47g
Ash: 2.03g
Total sugars: 10.57g
Calcium: 74mg
Iron: 3.93mg
Magnesium: 44mg
Phosphorus: 128mg
Potassium: 719mg
Sodium: 84mg
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4


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