Peak-season asparagus is lightly grilled then tossed with arugula, roasted beets and strawberries in this colorful, warm-weather salad.
Olive oil cooking spray
4 small beets (golden and/or red)
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
1/4 tsp each sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, divided
1/4 cup sliced unsalted almonds
1/4 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
1/4 cup fresh orange juice, plus 2 tsp orange zest
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp whole-grain Dijon mustard
1 tbsp raspberry wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
1 5-oz pkg baby arugula
2 cups stemmed and sliced strawberries
2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Roast beets: Cut a large square of foil and mist with cooking spray. Wrap beets tightly in foil and place on a baking sheet. Roast for 45 to 50 minutes, until tender. Let cool, then remove skin and chop.
Preheat a grill to medium. Arrange asparagus on a large baking sheet or plate and mist with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1/8 tsp each salt and pepper. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes, turning 2 to 3 times, until tender and grill marks appear. Cool; chop into 1-inch lengths.
In a small skillet on medium-low, add almonds and toast until lightly browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat.
In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, orange juice and zest, oil, mustard, vinegar, garlic, tarragon and remaining 1/8 tsp each salt and pepper.
To a large bowl, add arugula, strawberries, beets, asparagus, almonds and cheese. Drizzle dressing over salad.
This shaved asparagus salad makes a unique and healthy side dish for easy entertaining. It yields enough for a crowd, but if you have leftovers, combine with tuna the next day for a satisfying and delicious lunch.
A rainbow of vegetables – butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and radicchio – makes this whole-grain bowl a powerful medley of fiber and antioxidants. We use ground turmeric to add flavor and anti-inflammatory properties to the roasted squash. Turmeric is being studied for its ability to prevent or slow the spread of cancer, so we suggest keeping it handy in your cupboard and using it liberally.