Grilled Marinated Asparagus with Gremolata

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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 often 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.

Grilling Without a Grill

If you don’t have a grill, or the time to fire it up, you can use this great cast iron grill pan for stovetop grilling. We use ours a lot for anything from burgers to grilled veggies and it works great!

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Grilled Marinated Asparagus with Gremolata

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus trimmed
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T. balsamic vinegar
  • t. Mediterranean-spiced sea salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 whole lemons cut in half
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese to serve (optional)
  • Gremolata:
  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 1. Place asparagus in a wide, shallow bowl and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with Mediterranean-spiced sea salt and black pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine and set aside for 15-20 minutes to marinade. 
  • 2. Prepare the gremolata by combining all ingredients is a small bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and set aside. 
  • 3. 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. 
  • 4. 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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