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Wake up your taste buds and celebrate the return of spring with this fresh, plant-based, gluten-free, Balsamic Grilled Asparagus & Blackberries with Almonds side dish.
Ah asparagus! You either love it or you hate it.
I love it! But only during the spring when you can purchase it locally, or if your lucky enough, grow it in your own garden.
Fresh, local asparagus tastes so much better, is more green, vibrant & nutritious. This past weekend was so beautiful I was able to take my first Public Market trip!
If you live in the Rochester area, you simply must go to The Public Market – it’s the #1 public market in the country!!
Peek around and find some produce from wonderful, local farmers! You may just be surprised by all of the delicious treats you can find.
Balsamic Grilled Asparagus & Blackberries with Almonds
This amazing recipe captures the savory flavor of grilled asparagus, paired with a sweet balsamic blackberry kick, all while providing you with 100% of your daily dose of vitamin K, filling soluble and insoluble fiber, and anti-inflammatory health benefits.
Not only is this recipe delicious but it is also packed with some of my favorite healthy ‘super foods’ like asparagus, blackberries, and almonds.
Antioxidant Rich Foods
Both asparagus and blackberries are excellent sources of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients which can help to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases like cancer.
Almonds have great health benefits as well, including a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, known as MUFA’s, which is the good kind of fat that can help the body burn calories effectively.
Asparagus, blackberries and almonds are all packed with fiber which will help to keep you fuller, longer.
To Grill or Not to Grill
I technically did not cook this recipe. I came up with the brilliant idea in my head, and then later bossed my husband around on a Sunday afternoon to make it for me, so he gets some of the credit.
His grilling skills are much better than mine, which is why this turned out SO DELICIOUS.
But since I clearly have no grilling skills, you may not either.
Have no fear, you can simply roast the asparagus and blackberries instead. Just preheat your oven to 375 and roast everything aside from the almonds on a foil lined sheet pan for 10 minutes.
- 4 wooden skewers, soaked in water
- 1.5 pounds fresh asparagus
- 1 pint fresh blackberries
- 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil + extra for drizzle
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the gas grill to high. You want it hot!
- Wash the asparagus and blackberries.
- Snap the woody ends off the asparagus as needed.
- Gently skewer the blackberries on a wooden skewer, 3-4 berries per skewer.
- Place the asparagus and blackberry skewers in a roasting pan and gently toss in vegetable oil. (Do not use olive oil! You will be cooking at a very high temperature which will exceed the smoke point of the EVOO and ruin the dish! Just trust me!)
- Using tongs, carefully place the spears of asparagus on the grill. Let the asparagus sear until tender, flipping once as needed.
- After flipping the asparagus half way through cooking, add the blackberry skewers to the grill, flipping once as needed.
- While the asparagus is cooking, add the almonds to a dry saute pan and place on the grill. Gently toss the almonds as needed until they turn slightly golden brown.
- When everything is ready, carefully plate the asparagus topped with a blackberry skewer. Add the toasted almonds and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 125 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 117mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 6g Protein: 6g