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Delightful Roasted Asparagus Salad

This Roasted Asparagus Salad recipe is a riot of flavors, textures and nutrition.

Roasting asparagus spears takes this spring superfood to new heights that impart unique sweet flavor and a moist, tender texture.

Eating asparagus can help flush excess fluid and salt from the body, and that can help prevent urinary tract infections. That is because asparagus contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which makes it a natural diuretic.

Asparagus is packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals, an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate. Asparagus is also a very good source of fiber, B vitamins, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.

This delicious dish also features ripe avocado, sweet red onion and bite sized grape tomatoes that contain numerous health benefits. Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and potassium. Compounds in red onions lower LDL (bad) cholesterol while boosting HDL (good) cholesterol and the lycopene in tomatoes is a powerful free radical-fighting antioxidant that reduces the risk of cancer.

The dressing is a luscious blend of extra virgin olive oil, lots of fresh garlic, the zest and juice of a plump fresh lemon, and herbaceous thyme balanced with flavorful Marukan Organic Rice Vinegar.

Get the recipe here!

Marie Oser is a best-selling author, writer/producer and host of VegTV. Her latest book is The Skinny on Soy.  Follow Marie on Facebook and Twitter

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