Gourmet Greens with Roasted Pepper Dressing and Asparagus

Gourmet Greens with Roasted Pepper Dressing and Asparagus

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 3 min
  • Total: 18 min
  • Serving: 4

This simple mixed green salad becomes something special when partnered with a homemade roasted pepper dressing, asparagus and chopped pistachios. Serve as a side for most any entree or as a base for slices of grilled chicken, steak or fish.


  • Dressing:
  • 1, 8-ounce red bell pepper, roasted*
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 pound thin stalked asparagus
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, chopped


  1. Dressing:
  2. Puree all the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  3. Trim woody ends of asparagus and place in a microwave-safe container and microwave loosely covered on HIGH for 2 minutes or until spears are just tender. Cutting on a diagonal, slice stalks into 1-inch pieces.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Place salad greens in a large bowl and toss with just enough dressing to coat.
  6. Plate salad and garnish with asparagus and pistachios.
  7. Serve immediately with extra dressing on the side.


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