Microwave Asparagus Salad

Microwave Asparagus Salad


"Fresh asparagus is cooked in the microwave then tossed with nuts and greens and drizzled with a tangy balsamic vinegar dressing."


servings 156 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 156 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 11.5 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs:
  • 11.6g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 4.3 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 129 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Trim, peel and rinse asparagus (do not dry). Place spears flat, two or three deep, in a glass pie plate or similar dish. Cover tightly with microwavable plastic wrap and microwave on high 2 1/2 to 5 minutes, depending on wattage.
  2. Whisk together dressing ingredients, pour over asparagus and marinate in refrigerator until cool.
  3. Divide greens onto four salad plates; top each with six asparagus spears.
  4. Drizzle with equal amounts of dressing, and top with hazelnuts.


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  1. 13 Ratings


Steamed the asparagus, toasted the hazelnuts, added a splash of honey to dressing and let it all marinade together overnight. Yum! I have to agree that the asparagus tastes better alone than wit...

I love the simplicity of microwaving the asparagus. I microwaved the asparagus (snapped into thirds) and a little bit of diced red onion. I made the dressing as directed. I loved it. The only...

a nice quick salad although I too added a little sweetness to the dressing (and halfed it)- I added orange honey which complimented the juice. I also steamed the asparagus instead of microwaving...

I halved the dressing recipe, which was more than enough for 1 bunch of asparagus. Also, I added a little bit of sugar - otherwise it was WONDERFUL. I will make it again.

I have served this at several dinner parties now. It is so easy and absolutely delicious. People like the dressing so much they dip meat in it after the greens are gone!

It is nice to know that I can cook asparagus in the microwave. I didn't serve this over greens, just served the marinated asparagus as a side dish. Next time I'll cut the dressing/marinade in ...

had to use up some asparagus fast.Followed directions,adding a little minced garlic to marinade,used olive oil.I have never been able to cook asparsgus in micro.THANKS FOR THE TIP.This is just d...

This was good but nothing amazing. I marinated the asparagus in 1/2 the dressing and then used the other 1/2 on the salad. I also added tomato, cucumber, and boiled eggs. I used almonds inste...

I scaled this down to two servings, but other than that, followed the recipe exactly. I have not prepared asparagus in the microwave, so I was interested to see how this would work. I set the ...