I think of asparagus as the quintessential spring vegetable. Maybe it’s because asparagus looks similar to budding flowers in the garden after a long, cold winter, or its fresh, crisp taste which reminds me that bountiful produce is on its way!
This grilled lemon turmeric asparagus is perfect for nights when you only want to cook outdoors. Fire up the grill, and cook this simple side dish along with your favorite protein for a healthy, easy dinner.
To impart maximum flavor, tender asparagus are marinated in Litehouse’s Apple Cider Vinaigrette Lemon Ginger Turmeric Dressing. This dressing is made without any artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners. That means you get maximum flavor without additional calories or fat. Just apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey, ginger and turmeric. Exactly like a marinade you would make at home, with the prep work done for you.
When picking out your perfect bundle of asparagus, look for vibrant stems with tight buds. Turn the asparagus upside-down and look at the stems. Dry, splitting ends signify that they are past their prime. Thick or thin stems? That’s a personal preference. Thinner stems will be more tender and mild in flavor, whereas thicker stems have a strong taste and are slightly meaty.
If your asparagus is on the thin side, you may want to consider using a grill basket so the smaller stalks don’t fall through the cracks. No grill basket? No worries. You can DIY a grill basket yourself. Place the marinated asparagus onto a large piece of aluminum foil and gently tent the edges so the asparagus can’t roll off. Grill as directed, gently tossing the asparagus every minute or so to prevent sticking and evenly cook all sides.
I know you are going to love this simple side dish as much as we do! Enjoy leftovers on a salad: slice cooked asparagus into bite size pieces and toss with greens, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, cooked and cubed protein, feta cheese and more lemon ginger turmeric dressing.