Grilled Marinated Asparagus with Gremolata
This grilled marinated asparagus is a quick and easy side dish enhanced by the addition of a simple, yet tasty, Italian gremolata. Traditionally, gremolata consists of just three ingredients – fresh parsley, garlic, and lemon zest – and is used to top meat, poultry, and seafood. Here, a bit of preserved lemon rind is added for an additional pop of flavor.
Tip: For easier turning (and to prevent asparagus from falling through the grill grates), thread two pre-soaked wooden skewers through several spears lined up side by side to hold them together.
Prep time: 5 minutes + time to marinade
Cook time: 6-8 minutes
1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1½ t. sea salt*
Black pepper, to taste
2 whole lemons, cut in half
Shaved Parmesan cheese, to serve (optional)
¼ c. fresh parsley leaves, washed, dried thoroughly, and finely chopped
1 t. organic lemon zest
2 t. preserved lemon rind, rinsed and finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, grated
*Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Place asparagus in a wide, shallow bowl and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with sea salt and black pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine and set aside for 15-20 minutes to marinade.
Prepare the gremolata by combining all ingredients is a small bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and set aside.
Spray grill grates with non-stick cooking spray and preheat grill to medium-high. Place asparagus and lemon halves over direct heat and grill for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are crisp tender.
Remove from heat and transfer to a serving dish. Top with gremolata and serve immediately with grilled lemons for squeezing and shaved Parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!
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