Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Walnut Dressing

Roasted Asparagus is drizzled with a tasty lemon walnut dressing for simple, delicious and heart-healthy side dish. With spring getting closer, this Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Walnut Dressing is the perfect addition to your dinner table.

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Walnut Dressing

As I’ve gotten older, I have realized how important it is that I be more mindful about my health, particularly my heart health. The truth is, my blood pressure has gone up a little over the last few years and that’s something I’m not super happy about.

I’m not in any danger health-wise, but its still not great to be reminded: “Hey, you’re getting older! Oh, and by the way, you aren’t as healthy as you used to be!”

I’m pretty good at maintaining my base weight, plus or minus a couple of pounds depending on what time of year it is, but I’m not always consistent with my exercise. I love being active, but like everyone – I get busy. With work and kids or just day to day life stuff.

Nuts, like Fisher’s entirely preservative-free varieties, are something I’m always trying to incorporate more of into my diet. I love the flavor and nutritional value that nuts add to a recipe. Fisher has nine products certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) as heart healthy.

It is important to me to be fueling my body with healthy ingredients, even if I’m not spending a significant time that day being particularly active.

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Walnut Dressing

Nuts are a great heart healthy snack and they’re pretty easy for this busy mom;  they don’t take a lot of preparation or trips to the grocery store for extra ingredients. Gotta love Snacks that Take 5 Minutes or Less!

So, aside from snacking, I have experimented with other ways to include nuts in my diet. One of which, is making this super quick and tasty Lemon Walnut Dressing.

I love roasted asparagus. It is one of my favorite vegetables to serve during the spring. It is super easy to prepare and tastes yummy! Roasted asparagus went from yummy to WOW when I topped it with this Lemon Walnut Dressing.

You could use this dressing recipe for a lot of other grilled or roasted vegetables –  broccoli, zucchini, onion slices, and more, but I also think it makes a great, healthier alternative to a dip for a veggie platter.

Whole grape tomatoes, raw carrot sticks, celery, and more can be dipped in this Lemon Walnut Dressing for a boost of flavor and nutrition.

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Walnut Dressing

More Heart Healthy Recipes to Try

Liked this Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Walnut Dressing but looking for more hearth healthy ways to incorporate nuts into your diet? Check out some of these delicious recipes:

Mangoes and Almonds combine to make a delicious Fruity Mango Almond Butter.

Salted Vanilla Maple Nut and Seed Clusters or Cinnamon Vanilla Glazed Walnuts are perfect when you’re craving something a little sweet but still healthy.

If you’re craving a savory heart healthy snack, you might give try these  Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts.

For more seasonal recipes created by celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli, visit FisherNuts.com/Alex

What are your favorite ways to include nuts in your diet?

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Walnut Dressing

Yield: serves 6 - 8

Roasted Asparagus is drizzled with a tasty lemon walnut dressing for simple, delicious and heart-healthy side dish. With spring getting closer, this Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Walnut Dressing is the perfect addition to your dinner table.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches Asparagus
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons Olive Oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup Fisher Walnut Halves
  • 1/8 teaspoon Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijion Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced Shallot
  • 2 tablespoons Freshly Grated Parmesan

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Wash and dry the asparagus. Trim the asparagus spears by snapping the rough, woody ends. Discard the ends.

Place the prepared asparagus on a large baking sheet and drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil, tossing gently to coat. Then, season according to your preferences with salt and pepper. Roast at 425 degrees F for 8 - 15 minutes, this will vary depending on how large your asparagus spears are.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the 1/4 cup olive oil, water, lemon juice, walnuts, thyme leaves, honey, Dijon mustard, and minced shallot. Process until combine and nuts are in very small pieces. It does not need to be completely smooth.

Drizzle the lemon walnut dressing over the cooked asparagus and sprinkle with the freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher. The opinions and text are all mine.

I choose to work with Fisher Nuts because it is one of the only brands of recipe nuts entirely without preservatives. I have been compensated for my time, but all opinions are my own.