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Joseph DeLeo Photo by: Joseph DeLeo

Spring Salad of Roasted Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Toasted Pine Nuts

Pair roasted red and golden beets and goat cheese with crisp baby greens and walnuts for a salad that screams summertime. Ready in under 30 minutes, this side dish is healthy, plus quick and easy.

Health MARCH 2010

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup salad, 1 tablespoon vinaigrette, and 1/4 pound asparagus (about 6 spears))
  • Cook time: 11 Minutes
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 8 whole jarred pickled beets, drained and quartered (about 6 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 4 cups spring salad greens
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 ounce crumbled goat cheese

Preparation

1. Whisk together 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in 1 tablespoon oil and then 1 tablespoon hot water until well-blended. Toss beets in a small bowl with 1 teaspoon of the vinaigrette, and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 450°. Toss asparagus with remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in a small shallow baking pan. Arrange in a single layer in pan, and sprinkle with salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; roast in middle of oven, shaking pan occasionally, for 10 minutes or until lightly browned and just tender. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and return to oven for 1 minute or until vinegar is reduced to a glaze.

3. Arrange salad greens, asparagus, and reserved beets on 4 plates, and sprinkle with pine nuts and goat cheese. Drizzle salad with remaining vinaigrette, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 144
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrate: 14g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 188mg
  • Calcium: 76mg
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