Asparagus with Tangerine & Sesame Seed Dressing
This dressing is also good on mixed Asian salad greens, such as baby bok
choy, pea shoots or mizuna. Nutrition Bonus: Asparagus is a good source of
folic acid, a B vitamin now known to be important for reducing the risk of
strokes and heart attacks.
1 tsp peanut oil or olive oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp chopped shallots
1 1/2 tsp grated tangerine zest or orange zest
1 cup fresh tangerine juice or orange juice
1 tbsp sherry vinegar or rice vinegar
1 1/2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
2 tbsp chopped fresh chives or scallion greens
In a small saucepan, heat oil over low heat. Add sesame seeds and stir until
lightly toasted, about 20 seconds. Add shallots and stir until soft, about 1 minute.
Add citrus zest and juice, vinegar and soy sauce. Simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup,
about 6 minutes. Place asparagus in a large steamer set in a large pot over
simmering water. Cover and cook just until tender, about 5 minutes. Just before
serving, stir chives or scallion greens into the sauce. Divide asparagus among
4 salad plates, spon on the sauce and serve.
POINTS: 3 (2)
PER SERVING: 95 Calories/3 g Total Fat/0.3 g Saturated Fat/
75 mg Sodium/15 g Total Carbohydrate/
2 g Dietary Fiber/6 g Protein
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in the Half Points Mode,
which rounds UP to the nearest Half Point.
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