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Asparagus with Basil Pesto Mayonnaise

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  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 16

Side dish ready in 20 minutes! Serve crisp-tender asparagus with mayonnaise dressing garnished with basil leaves.

Ingredients

48
fresh asparagus spears (about 1 1/2 lb)
1
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
2
tablespoons refrigerated basil pesto
1
tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1
tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil leaves
1
teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1
clove garlic, finely chopped (1/2 teaspoon)
Fresh basil leaves, if desired

Directions

  • 1 Snap or cut off tough ends of asparagus spears. In 12-inch skillet, heat 1/2 inch water (salted if desired) to boiling. Add asparagus; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; simmer 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain. Plunge asparagus into bowl of ice water to cool; drain on paper towels. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 2 In small bowl, mix remaining ingredients, except basil leaves.
  • 3 Spoon mayonnaise mixture into small serving bowl; garnish with basil leaves. Serve with blanched asparagus.

Expert Tips

If desired, serve leftover Basil Pesto Mayonnaise as a sandwich spread.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
130
(
Calories from Fat
110),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
12%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
100mg
100%;
Total Carbohydrate
3g
3%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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