Enjoy the bounty of the season with this spring’s arrival of fresh and nutritious Mister Spears Jumbo Asparagus and Jersey Fresh Asparagus to our store. This versatile recipe from Annie’s is quick and easy, and can be served as either a side dish or salad. Roasting enhances the flavor of this healthy vegetable, with a preparation that is both dairy-free and naturally gluten-free.
1 bunch asparagus (about 1 ½ pounds)
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Annie’s Naturals Lemon Chive Dressing
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Salt and pepper to taste
OPTIONAL (to make into a salad) –
5 oz spring lettuce rinsed and drained (about 10 cups loosely packed)
Additional ¼ cup dressing
Preheat oven to 425F. Line a sheet pan with foil. Wash and trim asparagus. Lay out the asparagus in the prepared sheet pan. Drizzle ¼ cup dressing over the asparagus and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat evenly. Roast the asparagus between 10-13 minutes or until slightly brown around the edges. After pulling the asparagus out, immediately drizzle an additional 1 tablespoon of dressing over the asparagus and let it cool to room temperature. Serves 4.
IF serving as a SIDE DISH then sprinkle almonds over the asparagus and serve.
IF serving as a SALAD then place the cleaned lettuce in a large mixing bowl.
Drizzle an additional ¼ cup dressing over the greens and toss with tongs until all of the lettuce is evenly coated with dressing. Empty the greens onto a serving platter. Evenly lay the asparagus on top of the greens and sprinkle the almonds on top. Enjoy!