Roasted Asparagus Lisa Markley

A Quick and Easy Side Dish

This simple, yet elegant side dish is full of flavor and texture. Gremolata is a classic Italian condiment made from finely chopped garlic, parsley, and lemon zest that brings freshness and brightness to this dish. This version incorporates walnuts to provide healthy omega 3 fats and a delightful nutty crunch.

Serves 4-6

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh, flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 zest of large lemon
  • 1 1/2 pounds asparagus trimmed
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Finely chop the walnuts, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest together on a cutting board, until well combined. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Spread trimmed asparagus out on a sheet pan in a single layer and coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 10-12 minutes, depending on their thickness.
  4. Remove asparagus from the oven and toss with the gremolata in a serving bowl or transfer to a platter and sprinkle the Gremolata over the top.
  5. Whisk together the lemon juice and oil and drizzle over the asparagus and gremolata mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top, if desired.

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Lisa Markley, MS, RDN, LD

About the Recipe Author

Lisa Markley, MS, RDN, LD, is an integrative dietitian culinary nutrition expert with nearly two decades of experience working towards improving the health of others. She is passionate about educating others how to harness the healing power of food and healthful lifestyle changes.