Apple Salad with Roasted Asparagus

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There is something about this apple salad with roasted asparagus that simply satisfies me every time I eat it.  I love apples and I love asparagus, so I guess it is only fitting that I would love this salad. Apples and asparagus make a surprising flavor blend. We like to use a green apple, such as a Granny Smith, as it brings a tartness to the dish that is then complimented by the sweet earthy flavor of the asparagus.

Apple Salad with Roasted Asparagus


24 thin asparagus spears, peeled and trimmed
1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 shallot, minced
10 ounces mixed baby greens
1 apple (a green apple is best), unpeeled and sliced thin
3 ounces Gruyere cheese, cut very thinly with a vegetable peeler
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange asparagus in a single
layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and salt
and pepper to taste. Roast 30 minutes, turning once. Place on a
plate and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk remaining olive oil with the vinegar,
honey, and shallot.

Place the greens in a large salad bowl. Add vinaigrette to the
greens and toss. Place greens on 6 plates.

Top the greens evenly with apple and cheese and arrange asparagus
on top.

Makes 6 servings.

Per serving: 230 calories, 18 g total fat (4 g saturated fat),
12 g carbohydrate, 7 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 63 mg sodium.

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