Living Well Recipes: Middle Eastern Asparagus Salad

Published 04/21 2014 04:42PM

Updated 04/21 2014 04:45PM

WMBD-TV Living Well
Ashley Simper, MS, RD, LDN
Community/Outpatient Dietitian
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Central Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Spokesperson

Middle Eastern Asparagus Salad
The unique flavors of the Middle East combine with
seasonal asparagus in this spring salad.

1 bunch asparagus (16 ounces)
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup slivered almonds
¼ cup chopped dates
2 cups leafy greens or herb blend
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Tahini paste
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cut asparagus 1 inch from end and discard.  Chop each spear into thirds and place in zip top bag with olive oil.  Toss to coat.  Lay evenly on baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes.
3. Combine asparagus and rest of ingredients in a medium bowl.  Mix well. 

Serves 4

Nutrition Information
Per 1 cup
Calories:  148
Total Fat:  9 g
Saturated Fat:  1 g
Sodium:  85 mg
Total Carbohydrate:  14 g
Dietary Fiber:  4.5 g
Protein:  5.5 g

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