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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Marinated Zesty Asparagus

Asparagus is marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette and sprinkled with tangy lemon zest and fresh parsley. Quick and easy side dish. Remember Asparagus is a Super Food!! Eat it weekly for good Health

What you Need:
 2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed you may cut into 2 1/2 inch pieces or leave long stems
 1 1/2 cups balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
 1/4 cup parsley(fresh chopped if you can)
 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

How to Make it:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook asparagus just until tender, about 1 minute.
Plunge into a bowl of cold water to cool. This helps keep it a little crisp and stops the cooking process. Drain asparagus and place in a large zip lock plastic bag. Pour in vinaigrette and seal bag. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, turning bag occasionally.
Just before serving, drain asparagus, reserving vinaigrette. Arrange on a serving platter and sprinkle with lemon zest, parsley, salt, and pepper. Serve reserved vinaigrette in a small dish on the side.
You can serve this warmed or cold depending on your taste. I microwave it just a couple minutes to serve warm, it's delicious either way.
MaKes 3-4 servings Enjoy

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