By Jill Wendholt Silva

Orange Sesame Roasted Asparagus Salad  Recipe

Whether You Choose Thick or Thin, this orange sesame roasted asparagus salad recipe Offers a Bundle of Nutritional Benefits

Asparagus of any size is low in calories and high in antioxidants and folic acid, a nutrient that helps prevent birth defects. This Orange Sesame Roasted Asparagus Salad recipe adds an Asian-style sesame oil dressing to highlight the light, fresh taste of this spring vegetable. Sesame oil is high in polyunsaturated fats, ranking behind safflower, soybean and corn oil. Top Boston Bibb lettuce with asparagus and add juicy orange segments for more fiber and vitamin C.

Orange Sesame Roasted Asparagus Salad Recipe

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook time: 15 minutes

    Yield: Serves 4

Orange Sesame Roasted Asparagus Salad Ingredients

    4 to 6 cups Boston Bibb lettuce

    1 orange

    1 pound asparagus, trimmed

    1/4 cup orange juice

    2 teaspoons grated, peeled gingerroot

    1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil

    1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Orange Sesame Roasted Asparagus Salad Recipe Instructions

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

    Divide lettuce between four salad plates. Zest orange and reserve zest. Segment orange and divide evenly onto salad plates.

    Place asparagus on a baking sheet and spray generously with nonstick spray.

    Roast asparagus 12 to 15 minutes or until tender.

    Divide evenly on top of lettuce.

    Whisk together orange juice, gingerroot, sesame oil and reserved orange zest.

    Drizzle over salads and sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds.

Orange Sesame Roasted Asparagus Salad Recipe Per serving

83 calories (32 percent from fat), 3 grams total fat (trace saturated fat), no cholesterol, 11 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams protein, 6 milligrams sodium, 3 grams dietary fiber.

Shopping tip: For extra flavor, spray asparagus with olive oil-flavored nonstick spray instead of regular nonstick spray.

Cooking tips: The best way to "trim" asparagus is to hold each spear in your hand and break at the point where it becomes tough, discarding the woody end.

Raw sesame seeds tend to have a slightly bitter taste. To toast sesame seeds so they release their nutty flavor, spread them in a pie pan and toast for 5 to 10 minutes in a 350-degree oven. Be careful not to overbrown, or the seeds will become bitter. While it's simple to toast your own, you can also go for added convenience with pre-toasted sesame seeds available in the spice section of the supermarket.


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