Asparagus! More Than a Delicious Side Dish

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Caprese Asparagus

Asparagus is a traditional Easter side dish in many homes. This vegetable is low in calories and a great source of nutrients, such as folate, vitamins A, C, and K and fiber. To add more nutrients into your asparagus dishes try recipes that incorporate additional vegetables and some dairy, such as this delicious recipe for Caprese Asparagus from

Caprese Asparagus 


1 lb. asparagus stalks trimmed

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 c. shredded mozzarella

2 c. cherry tomatoes halved

1/2 c. balsamic vinegar

1/4 c. honey

Thinly sliced fresh basil, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. On a large baking sheet, toss asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Push to one side of the baking sheet and sprinkle mozzarella on top.
  2. On the other side of the baking sheet, toss cherry tomatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until the asparagus is tender and the cheese has melted about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the balsamic glaze: In a small saucepan, combine balsamic vinegar and honey. Simmer until reduced by half, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes (the mixture should coat the back of a spoon). Let cool slightly.
  4. Transfer cheesy asparagus to a serving platter. Top with roasted tomatoes then drizzle with balsamic glaze and garnish with basil.