In the summer, we grill out a lot, as in almost every night. We typically grill some form of lean protein or fish and then whatever vegetable is in season. This summer we've been loving grilled asparagus, more than ever before!
We've always enjoyed it, but we've taken our love of it to a whole new level over the past few months. Today's recipe showcases grilled asparagus in a salad that can be served warm, cold, or even at room temperature. It's a no fuss, 4-ingredient salad that is not only visually appealing but unbelievably delicious.
sweet & spicy grilled asparagus salad with parmesan & pecans
what you'll need
fresh asparagus || trimmed [approximately 5-7 spears per person depending on spear size]
sweet & spicy pecans || you can make your own or buy any brand that catches your eye [to make your own, use this recipe + add 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp black pepper to your salt + sugar mixture]
shaved parmesan cheese || again, any brand will do but TJ's Shaved Parmesan, Romano & Asiago blend is perfection
extra virgin olive oil // S+P
grill pan or outdoor grill
what you'll do
» heat your grill and toss raw asparagus in olive oil to coat; add S+P
» grill asparagus until tender, about 7-8 minutes
» cut grilled asparagus into 1-2 inch pieces; set aside
» coarsely chop pecans
» toss asparagus, while warm, with shaved parmesan and pecans
» add s+p to taste
our favorite way to serve this salad is alongside salmon & brown rice while it's warm, but it is equally delicious cold the next day for lunch or at room temperature for a picnic. the cheese offers a nutty and rich sensation when paired with the tender asparagus, and the pecans offer a crunchy kick of flavor with just the right mix of heat and sweet. it is our go-to side dish for entertaining & so easy to throw together!