Grilled Asparagus Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

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  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound mixed gourmet salad greens
  • 4 cooked bacon slices, crumbled (optional)
  • Orange rind strips


  1. Snap off tough ends of asparagus; place in a shallow dish.
  2. Combine orange rind and next 6 ingredients in a jar; cover tightly. Shake jar vigorously. Pour one-third of vinaigrette over asparagus; cover and chill 1 hour. Drain.
  3. Grill asparagus, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp-tender; cool.
  4. Toss together salad greens, remaining vinaigrette, and, if desired, bacon; mound onto 4 plates. Tie asparagus into 4 bundles with string. Cover string with orange rind strips.
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