Asparagus Berry Salad


* 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

* 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

* 8 cups spring mix salad greens

* 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries

* 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

* 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

* 2 teaspoons sugar


* In a large bowl, toss the asparagus with 1 tablespoon oil. Spread in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

* In a large salad bowl, toss the greens, strawberries, onion, walnuts and asparagus. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, sugar and remaining oil. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Yield: 6-8 servings.