Roasted Asparagus Salad with Citrus Dressing

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Roasted Asparagus Salad with Citrus Dressing

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Citrus Dressing

Rest roasted asparagus and tomatoes on a bed of watercress for a special touch. The fat-free dressing is a sweet-sour combination of fresh citrus juices, honey and Dijon mustard. Just as tasty warm or at room temperature, this salad works well when served as part of an easy buffet-style brunch.

Serves 6

Prep Time 20 min

Total Time 35 min.


  • 2 pounds asparagus, (about 2 bunches), trimmed
  • 1 pint tiny cherry or pear tomatoes, red or mixed colors
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 bunches watercress, tough stems removed (about 4 cups lightly packed)
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Step 2

Place asparagus in a large bowl. Add tomatoes and oil and toss to coat. Spread in a heavy roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet, spooning the tomatoes between and on top of the asparagus. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and add a generous grinding of pepper. Roast until the asparagus is crisp-tender and the tomatoes are warmed and slightly crinkled, about 15 minutes. Set aside until ready to serve.

Step 3

Whisk lemon juice, orange juice, honey, mustard and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl until blended. Reserve half of the dressing in a small bowl.

Step 4

Add watercress to the medium bowl; toss to coat. Spread the watercress on a platter. Arrange the roasted asparagus on the watercress and top with tomatoes. Drizzle the reserved dressing over the asparagus and tomatoes; sprinkle with dill. Serve warm or at room temperature.