This Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes recipe is a quick and easy side dish for a warm spring or summer night.

Laura Zapalowski
Recipe by Cooking Light April 2011

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Recipe Summary

total:
20 mins
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook asparagus in boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain.

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and garlic; cook 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar; cook 3 minutes. Stir in salt. Arrange asparagus on a platter; top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper.

  • Raisin and Pine Nut variation: Omit tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, and goat cheese. Cook 1/3 cup sliced red onion and 2 tablespoons pine nuts in oil for 4 minutes. Add 2 1/2 tablespoons orange juice, 3 tablespoons raisins, and 2 teaspoons honey; cook 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon orange rind. Spoon over asparagus; sprinkle with pepper. Yield: 4 servings.

  • Calories 111; Fat 3g (sat 6g); Sodium 151mg

  • Sesame-Ginger Glazed variation: Omit oil, tomatoes, vinegar, salt, cheese, and pepper. Microwave 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger, and garlic on HIGH for 2 minutes. Drizzle over asparagus; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds. Serve with lime wedges. Yield: 4 servings.

  • Calories 43; Fat 8g (sat 1g); Sodium 134mg

  • Lemon-Tarragon variation: Omit tomatoes, vinegar, and cheese; decrease pepper to 1/4 teaspoon. Combine 1/8 teaspoon lemon rind, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 teaspoons chopped tarragon, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon minced shallot, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and oil. Drizzle tarragon mixture over asparagus; toss gently to coat. Yield: 4 servings.

  • Calories 49; Fat 3g (sat 3g); Sodium 153mg

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

69 calories; fat 3.9g; saturated fat 1.4g; mono fat 2g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 3g; carbohydrates 6.5g; fiber 2.1g; cholesterol 4mg; iron 1.6mg; sodium 181mg; calcium 45mg.