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Microwave Asparagus Salad

Microwave Asparagus Salad

USA WEEKEND columnist Jean Carper

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

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  • 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


  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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mrs. kosmos

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 with the greens.


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 reason why I gave it four stars versus five was I do not think you need to serve it over greens. A nice touch but not required. I loved it!


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 it... that allowed me to avoid the hassle of configuring microwave wattage. Running the cooked asparagus under cold water after it was to my liking, also stopped the cooking to help keep it somewhat crisp. This recipe would also go nicely over baby spinach with fresh bacon bits replacing the hazelnuts.