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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 flavour.

Grilled Marinated Asparagus with Gremolata

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.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

Asparagus

  • 1 lb fresh asparagus trimmed
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • tsp Mediterranean sea salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 whole lemons cut in half
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese to serve (optional)

For the Gremolata

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves washed, dried thoroughly, and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp organic lemon zest
  • 2 tsp preserved lemon rind rinsed and finely chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic grated
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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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