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Grilled Asparagus Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange rind
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds mixed gourmet salad greens
  • 6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • Garnish: orange rind strips

How to Make It

  1. Snap off tough ends of asparagus; place in a shallow dish.

  2. Whisk together grated rind and next 6 ingredients. Pour one-third of vinaigrette over asparagus; cover and chill 1 hour. Drain. Set aside remaining vinaigrette.

  3. Grill asparagus, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp-tender; cool.

  4. Combine greens, remaining vinaigrette, and, if desired, bacon; place evenly on 6 salad plates. Arrange asparagus over salad. Garnish, if desired.