Lemon-Walnut Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan
Happy Friday everyone! Did this week fly by or what? It must have something to do with May, because it seems that the month of May always goes by in the blink of an eye! In this Fast with Five Fridays post, I’m sharing a recipe for Lemon-Walnut Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan. Now, it’s hardly a recipe because you simply grill the asparagus and then sprinkle it with a delicious topping of toasted walnuts, fresh parsley, lemon peel, and Parmesan cheese. Easy peasy, right? That’s my kind of Friday recipe. Pair it with any grilled meat, chicken, or fish you like and you’ll have a fresh and healthy dinner on the table in no time.
Have you ever grilled asparagus? If not, I’m telling you, you have to try it. It’s not difficult at all, and the asparagus takes on the most amazing flavor when grilled. It’s that slightly charred, smoky flavor that tastes SO good. The only important thing to note when grilling asparagus, is to make sure to lay the asparagus spears across the grill grates so they don’t fall through the grates. You can also use a vegetable grilling pan to help prevent this. I usually just take my chances”¦
Grilled asparagus doesn’t NEED anything additional added, but the lemon peel and parsley add so much bright fresh flavor. The walnuts and Parmesan cheese add salty, crunchy decadence that makes this asparagus crave-worthy. You’ll want an extra helping, trust me! I think I could have eaten the whole batch myself, but I do have family members who love asparagus too so I had to share!
Walnuts, as you may have heard, are incredibly healthy and should be eaten regularly to support heart health, weight management, and to help reduce your risk of cancer. That’s right, these crunchy nuggets are powerhouses when it comes to nutrition. They are high in a specific type of fat (alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, to be exact) that is especially beneficial to heart health, and they are high in antioxidants, which can help lower the risk for both heart disease and cancer. Who knew, right? Most people think antioxidants are only found in colorful fruits and vegetables, but that is not the case my friends.
Walnuts are quite high in calories and fat, which may seem like a big disconnect when it comes to their ability to help with weight loss and weight management but, the fat is the exact reason they are helpful with weight loss efforts. Strange, huh? Foods that contain hefty amounts of good quality fat (such as walnuts or avocado) can cut cravings and tame your hunger by keeping your blood sugar levels more even throughout the day. Fewer swings in your blood sugar mean fewer cases of the munchies, making it easier to resist unhealthy snacks. I’d say that’s reason enough to eat more of these healthy nuts.
Enjoy your weekend, and if you are getting out your grill, give this Lemon-Walnut Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan a try!
Ingredients needed for this recipe – short and sweet ingredient list!
Trim the asparagus; toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Grill in a single layer right on the grill rack. It only takes 4 to 5 minutes of grilling!
Asparagus after grilling.
Simply sprinkle on the toppings and you’re done!
- 12 ounces fresh asparagus (1 bunch)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon coarse salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted*
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
- 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
- 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved** or shredded
- Trim asparagus. In a small shallow dish drizzle asparagus with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
- For a charcoal or gas grill, heat grill to medium. Lay asparagus in a single layer across the grates on the grill rack directly over medium heat. Grill asparagus (covered, if using gas grill) for 4 to 6 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender, turning*** the spears once or twice.
- In a small bowl toss together walnuts, parsley, and lemon peel, using a fork to break up and disperse the lemon peel throughout the mixture.
- Transfer asparagus to a serving platter. Top with walnut mixture and shaved cheese.
- *To toast walnuts, spread walnuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a 350°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until nuts are lightly browned and smell toasted.
- **Use a vegetable peeler to get thin shaves of the cheese. Act like you are peeling a carrot, only peel off thin strips of the cheese.
- ***You can either roll the asparagus across the grill grates or grab several spears with your tongs and flip them over.
- 4 servings
- 128 cals, 6 g pro, 5 g carb, 10 g fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 2 g sat fat, 2 g fiber, 247 mg sodium