Asparagus Salad with Raspberry Almond Vinaigrette

asparagus Asparagus Salad with Raspberry Almond Vinaigrette

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whb two year icon Asparagus Salad with Raspberry Almond Vinaigrette Now on to my asparagus salad!

I am submitting this asparagus salad recipe to Weekend Herb Blogging hosted this week by Sweetnicks.

Weekend Herb Blogging was started by Kalyn’s Kitchen and it gives food bloggers the chance to show off recipes featuring a vegetable, herb, or flower. My featured herb this week is parsley. For years when reading the ingredient ‘parsley’ I merely skipped over it. Now I grow parsley and add it to a lot of my dinners. Parsley contains vitamin C and Iron which are invaluable to those who may have suffered from anemia. If you find that you have leftover parsley, you can freeze parsley (with water) in ice cube trays! Once the ice cubes have frozen, you can put the parsley cubes in plastic bags. If you would like to add parsley to soup, just throw in a parsley ice cube.


1/4 cup white balsamic raspberry vinegar (or other raspberry vinegar or sub champagne vinegar)

1 teaspoon almond oil (optional)

1 Tablespoon agave nectar

1 Tablespoon parsley, chopped

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

1 Tablespoon shallot, minced (optional)


Asparagus spears, steamed until al dente (I used one bunch- sorry I didn’t weigh it!)

1/4 cup sliced almonds

Shredded or Shaved Parmesan or Asiago Cheese to taste


Cook your asparagus. Prepare your vinaigrette- combine all the ingredients and whisk (or shake) until well-mixed. For the salad, arrange the asparagus spears on a platter. Drizzle with vinaigrette and sprinkle with almonds and cheese (optional for those who are casein-free).

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I served this asparagus salad with pork tenderloin (lazily marinated with a little white wine, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper) and mashed sweet potatoes (plain, drizzled with agave nectar) for a tasty dinner.

This recipe would be suitable for South Beach Phase 2 since it contains agave nectar. If you omit the agave and use reduced fat cheese, it would be suitable for Phase 1.

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