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Grilled Asparagus Salsa

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I hope you’re safe, soaking up these work-from-home days (for those who can do so) as best as possible. The days just seem to blur together. But the seasonal arrival of fresh produces like asparagus spears are a reminder that we are in April. And I never turn down the opportunity to serve organic produce. This recipe is no exception.

I’ve been thinking about fruits and vegetables a lot lately. How great they’re for seasonal recipes. Everything from hiding broccoli in smoothies to Brussels sprouts dinners and sides. Then I remembered how asparagus is crunchy perfection when roasted or grilled. Not to mention zesty with lime. I just had to share this recipe! This roasted asparagus salsa side will remind your taste buds too.

It’s worth joining those crazy lines outside the farmers market. Then again, you could go much earlier the following morning. Like I do when my pantry stock gets low.

Chances are you’re also no stranger to ‘eat more vegetables each week’ goals. If you’re familiar, then you know it’s achievable with simple yet delicious recipes. Pair with steak or my favorite, salmon, and you get a flavorful, filling dinner. Can you believe it?

Better yet, if you have a generous sized sheet pan or two baking sheets, you can cook your spears and salon simultaneously. Chop and mix the asparagus spears with the salsa recipe below. Light a few candles, and dinner is ready for date night in less than 30 minutes.

Asparagus

  • Nutritional Facts

Asparagus notable appears in the top ten on ‘healthiest vegetables’ lists. So, yeah, you’ve probably heard of it. Asparagus consumption improves immune system functioning and helps fight the aging process. Thanks to hard to find antioxidants like glutathione. I’d recommend grilling and roasting as the best cooking method. As vegetables lose nutrients such as B and C vitamins when boiled unless you consume the water as soup or stew.

  • How to Cut

Sometimes the base of the stem is very woody. I usually snap about 1 inch off the bottom of these asparagus spears. You can also remove it with a sharp knife.

  • How to Store

I’ve discovered that storing the spears like a bunch of flowers keeps the stem bottoms softer longer. Add a few inches of water to a mason jar. Make sure it’s large enough for all the spears. Place stem-side down and cover with a bag to lock in freshness for longer. If you don’t have fridge space for this, store as usual.

You’re all caught up on all things asparagus. Great! It’s time to get it ready and on your plate with tortilla chips or (your choice here) at home. Oh, so nicely, laid out are the prepping details below.

Grilled Asparagus Salsa

Chop and mix the asparagus spears with the salsa recipe below. Light a few candles, and dinner is ready for date night in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 135 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • For Spears:
  • lb asparagus wash and trim ends
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • pinch salt and ground pepper
  • For Salsa:
  • lb asparagus roasted and chopped
  • 3 to matoes diced
  • 1 avocado diced (optional)
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 chili pepper seeded & chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • For Spears:
  • Cut ends of the asparagus while the oven preheats to 425 degrees F.
  • Combine spears with oil and minced garlic in a bowl. Transfer to a baking sheet and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Roast for 15-20 minutes in the oven or until spears reach desired consistency.
  • Remove from oven and place on serving plate.
  • For Salsa:
  • Chop the roasted spears
  • In a large bowl, mix asparagus with all the ingredients.
  • Let the mixture marinate for 30 minutes for ingredients to infuse.
  • Serve with hot sauce.
  • Optional: For a creamy dip, transfer everything to a food processor or blender. Blend a few time for chunky salsa or blend for one minute for smooth salsa. Taste and season more, if needed.
Keyword asparagus, grilled, salsa

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