Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tomato & Asparagus Salad

1 bunch asparagus
2-3 cups grape, pear, or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, chopped
1 cup basil leaves, cut in ribbons
1/2 cup fresh mozzarella balls quartered, or crumbled goat cheese (optional)
1 TBS pine nuts (optional)

1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. dijon mustard, can use honey mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Steam or microwave asparagus until tender. Rinse with cold water. Cut into 1 1/2-2 inch pieces. Place in bowl with sliced tomatoes, basil, and cheese. Mix dressing and pour over salad. Blend to coat. Gently fold in avocado. Top with pinenuts if desired.

(I first saw a version of this salad at Elana's Place, who adapted it from Cooking Light.)

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