- 1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus
- 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes (about 1/2 pt.)
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1 head Bibb lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
- 1 avocado, sliced
- calories 193
- fat 17.1 g
- satfat 2.3 g
- monofat 10.8 g
- polyfat 1.4 g
- protein 3.2 g
- carbohydrate 8.8 g
- fiber 2.9 g
- cholesterol 0.0 mg
- iron 1.4 mg
- sodium 181 mg
- calcium 33 mg
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus; remove scales with a vegetable peeler, if desired.
Stir together 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp. chopped basil, 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper, and 1/4 tsp. salt in a large bowl.
Add asparagus to olive oil mixture, and toss gently to coat. Place asparagus on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake asparagus at 425° for 13 to 15 minutes or to desired degree of tenderness. Cool 10 minutes.
Whisk together balsamic vinegar, garlic, and remaining 7 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. basil, and 1/4 tsp. salt.
Toss together tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar mixture.
Arrange lettuce on individual serving plates. Top with tomato mixture and asparagus. Add avocado just before serving. Drizzle with remaining balsamic vinegar mixture.
Note: To make ahead, toss together tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion without dressing. Store these ready-to-use ingredients in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to five hours. The dressing and asparagus can also be made up to eight hours before serving.