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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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    [email protected]
    February 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    This all looks great. So big question: do you all make house calls? 🙂

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    February 5, 2014 at 10:03 am

    You are super cute! Definitely heading over to check out those blogs. 🙂

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    February 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Beautiful! The only snag is that I have to eat that platter ALL to myself on Vday 😉 #singlegirlproblems #iloveveggiessoitsnotreallyaproblem

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    February 4, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Ok I have to admit I’m not even the biggest fan of asparagus, but this dish looks so good! Love all the flavours you used.

    It almost makes me wish we were staying in and cooking on Valentine’s Day… but we decided to go out somewhere. We’re just in the process of deciding on a restaurant! So far we’re looking at The Chase, Woodlot, Bar Isabel, and Aria in Toronto – have you been to any of those? Or do you have any other recommendations? 😀

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Woodlot and Bar Isabel are amazing!!! Havent tried the others but if you do make sure you report back 😉

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    February 4, 2014 at 4:43 am

    What a great idea! I love all the graphics you guys used so awesome. I have come more on board with asparagus in the last year, I used to absolutely hate it.

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    February 4, 2014 at 3:42 am

    This not only is healthy, this also looks delicious. Props for the originality but also for the amazing pictures!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    February 3, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    What a great idea ladies! I used to not like asparagus but in the last few years have become more of a fan, and I enjoy dressing it up with some EVOO, balsamic and almonds like you did here.

    I love that you love love, because I just love love too!! Since food is love to me, I love to make a really nice meal on Valentine’s Day for my hubby. We have been apart for like 4 V-Day’s in a row I think… but this year we’ll be together! WOOHOO!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 9:13 am

      plain asparagus ain’t so fun but adding all of the sprucings makes it awesome!!!

      So happy to find another Vday lover out there amongst all the haters!

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    Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff
    February 3, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    This such a great idea and a fun collaboration!

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    February 3, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    So many delicious dishes in one post – ah I can’t take it! I kid I kid.. I’m already loving the meals/appetizers/desserts/beverages your sharing – and it’s only day one 🙂

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    February 3, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Oy, I don’t know what we will have on Valentine’s Day – I still have over a week, right?!
    I love y’all’s dinner plan!!

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    [email protected]
    February 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Oh wow….you guys have really outdone yourself! Every single thing looks sooooo so good!! Can’t wait to try out this asparagus…it sounds and looks so delicious.

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    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    February 3, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Tricking people into eating healthy food is my main pleasure in life. Obviously I need to get a hobby. But this looks fabulous! Perhaps my Valentine’s will be this asparagus? 😉

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 9, 2014 at 9:11 am

      If tricking people into eating healthy food could be my living I would do it for minimum wage. Seriously, I get off on it…

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