Grilled Asparagus w/ Sriracha & Toasted Pecan Vinaigrette

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grilled asparagus

I love asparagus.  I know it makes your pee smell funny – I don’t care.  It’s worth it.

Mr. Hungry disagrees.  Strongly.  He’s not a lover of veggies anyway, but asparagus is one of the few that he’ll eat cooked (albiet grudgingly).  But every time I make it, I have to hear him whine and complain (at length) about how much he hates the inevitable urine stench that results from eating it.  That is almost NOT worth it.

Since compromise is essential to making a marriage work (as is Rock, Paper, Scissors, which can’t be beat for conflict resolution in my opinion), sometimes I make asparagus just for me, and he gets a salad instead.  This recipe works for both of us, because this vinaigrette is equally delicious on the grilled asparagus AND the salad – or anything else for that matter!  Although, even Mr. Hungry enjoyed the asparagus with this vinaigrette, so there was less complaining than usual from his side of the table!

This really is the perfect low carb side dish recipe.  It’s easy and quick, my two favorite things on a weeknight especially!  The vinaigrette is slighty sweet, has a nice kick from the Sriracha – and I’m not kidding, it tastes amazing on everything!  I had a little leftover, and tried it with some chicken – Yum!  So be sure to make a big batch, and you can use it all week on hearty, low carb salads for lunch!

grilled asparagus recipe

I grilled the asparagus for this recipe, because it adds a nice smoky flavor.  It really isn’t crucial to the success of this recipe though, you can just as easily steam, blanch, roast, or even microwave the asparagus before tossing in the vinaigrette.

Grilled Asparagus w/ Sriracha & Toasted Pecan Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Asparagus w/ Sriracha & Toasted Pecan Vinaigrette

The perfect low carb side dish for summer!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh asparagus stalks, trimmed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • For the Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup any light tasting oil (olive, avocado, grapeseed, etc.)
  • 1 Tbl Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbl Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar free sweetener (honey if you’re Paleo)
  • 1 Tbl lime juice
  • 2 Tbl pecans, toasted

Instructions

  • Coat the asparagus with oil and salt. Grill for a couple of minutes per side, until tender but not mushy. Alternatively you can steam, blanch, roast, or microwave the asparagus as desired.
  • To make the vinaigrette
  • Combine all of the ingredients, except for the pecans, in a small bowl. Whisk until fully combined, then add the nuts. Pour over the asparagus and enjoy!

Notes

Approximate nutrition information per serving:
Asparagus with vinaigrette: 175 calories, 17g fat, 3.75g net carbs, 3g protein
Vinaigrette only (2 Tbl): 152 calories, 17g fat, 1.75g net carbs, 1g protein

sriracha pecan vinaigrette

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  1. Sonia! The Healthy Foodie
    Sonia! The Healthy Foodie04-09-2013

    Oh, gorgeous! I know what I’m having for sides tomorrow. Man does that look good! :)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny04-10-2013

      Thanks Sonia – I will be putting this dressing on everything this summer! Hope you like it!

  2. Corly
    Corly04-12-2013

    I have never heard of Sriracha Sauce. Would you mind telling me what it is and what section of the grocery store I might find it in? Thank you very much!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny04-13-2013

      Hi Corly! Sriracha is an asian hot sauce and you can find it in pretty much any grocery store in the asian section. The most common brand has a rooster on the bottle which is why it’s also referred to as “rooster” sauce. It’s delicious on everything! I especially love it in my Sriracha Roasted Broccoli recipe!

  3. Grandma Annie
    Grandma Annie04-13-2013

    How do I follow this blog? Love your recipes! Thank you, Ann

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny04-14-2013

      There are buttons at the very top of the page in the header. I’m going to use your email to subscribe you so you’ll get an email every time there is a new post. Enjoy!

  4. Cyndi
    Cyndi04-14-2013

    Just had this with dinner! I could have licked the plate! The vinaigrette is fabulous! I’ve already sent the recipe and pic to a friend. Thanks for this delicious recipe! Can’t wait to make it again and again!

  5. Melissa Allen
    Melissa Allen06-07-2013

    Hey Melissa, it’s Melissa A. formerly from CT, now in NC. I love asparagus and Chris C. told me you have this gluten-free blog. I was mistaken for being pregnant from my gluten belly. So tired of the bloat. I’ll browse the rest later……

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