Steamed Asparagus with Honey Mustard Dressing

We've found that the best asparagus is neither pencil-thin nor carrot-thick. Buy firm, medium-size stalks to get the most flavor without the excessive woodiness of the largest ones. Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 5 minutes.

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed and peeled
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (such as mint, chives, or parsley), plus more for garnish

Preparation

  1. 1. Arrange asparagus in a steamer basket over 1/2 inch water in a wok or saucepan, and steam about 2 minutes or just until bright green. Rinse with cold water until completely cool; drain and chill.
  2. 2. Combine lemon zest and next 5 ingredients in a small bowl, and stir until smooth. Add sea salt, pepper, and herbs. Chill dressing in an airtight container.
  3. 3. Arrange asparagus on a platter, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing over asparagus, and garnish with additional herbs, if desired.
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