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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Shake It Up! Swap olive oil for walnut oil if you don't have it available.
- 4 cups asparagus spears, thin, cut into 1 1/2" 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
- Combine ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine. Chill for 20 minutes to combine flavors.
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
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