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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
    February 3, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I could make a meal from that asparagus and cake alone! YUM!

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    February 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I have a lady boner from looking at all of these beautiful photos. I just finished a Bodypump class and now I must eat everything in sight.

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    February 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    YES I love Valentines day. Even though I am single this year, I am totally not a hater, but a full time lover!! I think I will be getting dressed up and going to dinner with my girlfriend, but I will have to make this asparagus just because. JUST BECAUSE IT LOOKS SO GOOD. Lemon makes anything like 10x better.

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods
    February 3, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    What a great idea! What can be better than a healthy dinner to share with the one you love 😀 Asparagus happen to be one of my most favorite veggies ever! Lemon ginger sounds delicious!

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    February 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Looks amazing!!!!
    We are actually going out to lunch this year since V.Day is on a Friday! It is going to be crazy busy!!! 🙂 Plus we haven’t had a “date” in a long timeeeee!

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    February 3, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    That asparagus looks SO GOOD!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    February 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Urgh V day. I expect to be peppered with love, hearts and all things tasty from you!

    Asparagus is amazing and it’s meant to be in season here but $3.99 a tiny bunch does NOT seem to be a seasonal friendly price. I’ve tried asparagus with pine nuts but not almonds….Hello whole30 friendly food 😉

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 9:08 am

      It’s $5 here IN season if that’s any consolation!

      The whole meal is whole30 friendly cause Lexi is paleo!

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    [email protected]
    February 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    We don’t celebrate Valentines Day, but we fly on a 1 week vacation in Spain on that day – does that count? I will have a huge piece fo salmon on a hot stone in my favorite restaurant at the beach.
    Though I wouldn’t mind your side dish with it – I LOVE asparagus!! Would you consider joining me at the beach and serve? You can have my wine!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 9:04 am

      If you’re promising a beach and wine I am legit halfway across the atlantic. See you soon.

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    Mary Frances
    February 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I’m becoming a hopeless romantic after this post – I’ve fallen in love with this dinner! Everything I could even want in a meal; bam, right here in these photos. Yum! You definitely got this!

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    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    February 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Aw I love this! Valentine’s Day is a great holiday 🙂 I love your attitude about loving love. It shows through your food.

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    [email protected]
    February 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    This looks amazing! I usually cook for Valentine’s Day because it is only a few days before my bday and I like to be taken out for the big day. This year I’ll be traveling so I will probably eat out BUT I pinned this because I would so make this next year! What a fabulous idea! Everything looks amazing!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Thanks Britt! I might be making this next year too cause after this bake-off I’m thinking of sleeping all through vday lol

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    February 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    OMG…can I make this all AND eat it all myself for my solo V-day festivities?! I think yes.

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