Chinese Hot and Spicy Asparagus Salad


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This salad, which can be served warm or chilled, packs a lot of heat. Be sure not to overcook the asparagus.

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  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs. grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. salt or herbal salt substitute
  • 1 package artificial sweetener
  • 2 Tbs. soy or tamari sauce
  • 1 tsp. dark sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb. asparagus, ends trimmed, cut in 3" pieces

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In a large bowl, combine garlic, ginger, salt, sweetener, soy, sesame oil, rice vinegar, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Steam asparagus for 4 to 8 minutes, or until just tender, and drain. Toss with sauce.

From "Lauri's Low-Carb Cookbook" by Lauri Ann Randolph

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