Chilled Lemon Asparagus with Pecans



2 pounds asparagus
2 Tbsp. pecans, chopped
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley


1.   Snap off  tough ends of asparagus.
2.   Cook with a small amount of water in a skillet for 5 minutes or until tender but crisp.
3.   Drain and rinse under cold running water; drain well and place on serving platter.
4.   Toast pecans in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes or until fragrant; set aside.
5.   Make salad dressing by combining lemon rind, olive oil, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, pepper and parsley in a jar. Shake well and pour over asparagus.
6.   Garnish with toasted pecans.
7.   Cover and chill 1-2 hours.




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