Fresh From the Farmers Market: Caesar Grilled Asparagus

Michigan has the second most diverse agriculture industry in the country, growing over 125 different crops. Asparagus grows in Michigan from April to June, making it one of the earliest spring crops ready for harvest. Not only is this vegetable delicious, but it is also nutritious because it is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, iron and calcium.

When you cook asparagus make sure to only cook it for a maximum of 6 minutes, otherwise it will lose its bright green color, crunch and nutrients. For this recipe, stop by your local farmers market and pick up a couple bunches of asparagus while it’s in season!

Learn more about Michigan’s farmers markets and how to make this dish from Channel 13 WZZM’s host Val Lego and Grace Derocha, RD, registered dietitian and health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan below.

Photo Credit: Alyssa Hadrych, A Healthier Michigan

Ingredients

Makes four servings.

Grilled asparagus:

  • 1 ½ pounds asparagus trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

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Light Caesar dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp. plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 anchovy fillet, chopped
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Caesar Grilled Asparagus

Instructions
Light Caesar dressing
1. Combine all ingredients in small bowl until well blended.

Asparagus
1. Toss asparagus spears in olive oil with salt and pepper.
2. Grill over medium-high heat until crisp-tender and slightly charred, about 3-5 minutes.
3. Top asparagus with the Caesar dressing, freshly grated parmesan and cracked black pepper. Top with croutons if desired.
4. Serve and Enjoy!


Nutrition Information Per Serving (1.5 Cups):
• Calories 73.8
• Total Fat 5.0 g
• Saturated Fat 1.4 g
• Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
• Monounsaturated Fat 2.5 g
• Cholesterol 4.5 mg
• Sodium 42.9 mg
• Potassium 226.8 mg
• Total Carbohydrate 4.6 g
• Dietary Fiber 1.7 g
• Sugars 0.5 g
• Protein 4.4 g
• Vitamin A 10.5 %
• Vitamin B-12 0.2 %
• Vitamin B-6 5.8 %
• Vitamin C 19.1 %
• Vitamin D 1.4 %
• Vitamin E 9.0 %
• Calcium 8.8 %
• Copper 7.2 %
• Folate 25.6 %
• Iron 4.1 %
• Magnesium 3.7 %
• Manganese 11.1 %
• Niacin 4.7 %
• Pantothenic Acid 1.6 %
• Phosphorus 4.9 %
• Riboflavin 6.4 %
• Selenium 2.9 %
• Thiamin 7.6 %
• Zinc 2.6 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Recipe inspired by Closet Cooking.

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