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Lemon Ginger Asparagus with Toasted Almonds

February 3, 2014

So why exactly is Valentine’s Day my favourite holiday? Because I am absolutely, head-over-heels in love with love. I have no idea where I got it from since my family is not the most lovey-dovey, but nevertheless I have turned out to be a real hopeless romantic.

I love love in all forms. A mom hugging her kid, a couple greeting each other after a long day, Oprah (Oprah = love). And don’t even get me started on weddings…I bawled my eyes out watching The Bachelor’s Catherine and Sean’s Wedding the other day. Then promptly called C and told him I started a pinterest board dedicated to all things wedding. He thinks I’m totally nuts, but was not at all surprised. Like I said, hopeless romantic.

lemon ginger asparagus with toasted almonds

Lemon Ginger Asparagus Ingredients

  • asparagus
  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • garlic cloves
  • ginger
  • lemon zest
  • sea salt
  • slivered almonds

How to Make Lemon Ginger Asparagus

STEP 1: In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, ginger, lemon zest and sea salt.

STEP 2: Add the asparagus to the bowl and coat with the sauce.

STEP 3: Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and spread the asparagus evenly across the sheets. Top with sliced lemon.

STEP 4: Bake at 400ºF for 7 minutes. After the initial baking, remove from the oven and flip the asparagus. Bake for an additional 8 minutes.

STEP 5:  While the asparagus is baking, roast the almonds in a small frying pan over medium heat until browned.

STEP 6: Remove the asparagus from the oven, top with the toasted almonds and enjoy!


Lemon Ginger Asparagus with Toasted Almonds

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minute
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 2 bunches of asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • zest of one lemon (then chop lemon into slices)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, ginger, lemon zest and sea salt.
  3. Add asparagus to bowl and coat with sauce (or use a large ziploc bag).
  4. Line TWO baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  5. Spread asparagus on sheets and top with sliced lemon.
  6. Place sheets in oven and bake for 7 mins.
  7. While asparagus is roasting add almonds to a small frying pan and cook over medium heat until browned (about 3-5 mins). Or use toaster oven.
  8. Remove sheets from oven and turn over asparagus as best as you can.
  9. Swap the rack each sheet was on and bake for another 8 mins.
  10. Remove from oven and top with toasted almond.
  11. Serve warm.

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  • Reply
    kathy @ vodka and soda
    February 3, 2014 at 9:38 am

    i don’t celebrate valentines day but i will if you invite me over and cook for me. i will eat all of the above and drink your wine, thankyouverymuch.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 8:47 am

      After this stupid bakeoff idea, there’s a zero percent chance I will be cooking. You can come eat my scraps though…

  • Reply
    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    February 3, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Oh my, everything looks incredible!! The perfect Valentine’s day meal. Grant and I celebrate V-day but we do it low key. We make eachother dinner/dessert and write cards to each other. It’s a nice inexpensive tradition we have because our birthdays are in Jan/Feb so it’s a lot of celebrations in a few months haha.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

      I love that! After this week of baking craziness I feel like we’ll end up ordering in. But if C gives me shit for it I’ll remind him of the 10 lbs worth of baked goods currently sitting in our kitchen…which for the record you are welcome to anytime!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    February 3, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I love this whole meal plan!! I’ll be spending my Valentine’s night eating dinner with over-acheiving high schoolers at a scholarship dinner for work, but Saturday Riley’s taking me out for a real Valentine’s dinner/early B-day celebration for me. I can’t wait!!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Can Riley come make one of his famous pizza’s for me on VDay?! Seeing as you’ll be busy he may need to find a way to occupy his time lol

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    Carly @ Snack Therapy
    February 3, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Wow, this entire meal is gorgeous. These asparagus look so tasty and so beautiful, but to be honest, I probably wouldn’t make them on V-day on account of the whole stinky pee thing ;). Hahahahahaha.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 8:42 am

      You are SO right! No asparagus or beets on Vday! Oversight on my part…sorry about that!

  • Reply
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    February 3, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Oh this sounds so amazing! I love everything! My husband is a huge fan of asparagus, and this is definitely a great way to spruce them up. Yum!

  • Reply
    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    February 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

    What a fun post! My boyfriend and I both love asparagus so we will have to try thi for sure. Too bad my boyfriend doesn’t like scallops or thi would be a great meal all together.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Maybe that will be his gift to you for Vday?! My Dad swore off scallops for years but I just recently got him to try them and he loved them!

  • Reply
    February 3, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I’d LOVE to make this for Valentine’s Day but will have to make it another day because we are going to a wine/food tasting on V day! I know you that. That just means another day I’ll have to make a special meal for my man. Whoop Whoop! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kim @ BusyBod
    February 3, 2014 at 7:03 am

    This is such an adorable idea! You guys rock. I also have to say I love that you are such a romantic! It’s so refreshing! Most people are so jaded these days it’s depressing. I’m not a traditional romantic but like you I LOVE love and will dissolve into a puddle of tears for anything even remotely sentimental.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

      We can bawl our eyes out over fondue on Friday…see you then 😉

  • Reply
    Elise @
    February 3, 2014 at 6:57 am

    This all looks so incredible, such a good idea by Lee!

  • Reply
    erin @ The Almond Eater
    February 3, 2014 at 6:47 am

    So much yummmmm–you totally nailed it! The asparagus looks delicious–actually the whole meal looks delicious. I’m glad to hear you’re also a hopeless romantic too. It’s kind of pathetic sometimes but, like you said, I just love love.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Should have seen me bawling my eyes out during the bachelor…not my proudest moment!

  • Reply
    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    February 3, 2014 at 6:46 am

    All of these dishes look scrumptious, and yours is absolutely perfect, love!! The pictures turned out great!!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Thanks Am 🙂 Was a struggle but it worked out! Of course FoodGawker won’t accept them…fml.

  • Reply
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness
    February 3, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Ohmygosh what a fun thing to organize! Love that you did this girl!
    Seriously that asparagus looks delish. I’m really lazy and can never think of a vegetable side dish to make, so I make asparagus in olive oil about 82 times a week.
    My husband will thank you for the variety. 😉

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 8:30 am

      awesome!!! Glad I can keep the hubby happy 🙂

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