This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BBQWeek. I received product samples from sponsors to use in creating #BBQWeek recipes. However, all opinions are mine alone.
Crisp green stalks of fresh asparagus are a staple of the Spring and Summer grilling season. This Grilled Caesar Asparagus is a perfect side dish to any grilled entree, or a light healthy meal all on it’s own.
On top of being the best, easiest grilled asparagus ever- this healthy version is taken to new heights when served drizzled with creamy Caesar dressing and sprinkled with shredded Parmesan cheese.
I always find myself trying to keep things simple in the summer time.
Maybe it’s the way everything seems to slow down, and for the most part, take a more leisurely pace. Of course, that could just be the heat.
Or the fact that all the kids are home, and for people who don’t drive they sure do make a lot of plans to go all over the county.
And that we essentially throw our traditional school year schedules out the window. So yeah, summer meals. I’m in no rush, but everybody’s still got to eat.
In the evening’s, I’d much rather be sitting around outside with a good book, their play and laughter the perfect back ground music, than inside in the kitchen.
That’s where asparagus enters into our meal-time picture, specifically this Grilled Caesar Asparagus. Grilled with a little oil, salt, and pepper, asparagus makes for a simple summer side dish.
Top that beautiful grilled green bounty with your favorite Caesar dressing, croutons, and some shredded Parmesan cheese, and you’ve got a perfect meatless meal that’s filling without weighing you down, and ready in a breeze. Or a hit side dish at your next neighborhood barbecue.
As for the Caesar dressing, we recommend using our quick & easy, homemade version, but you’re preferred version will do just as well.
Serve these Grilled Caesar Asparagus stalks as is, or chop them into quarters for a more traditional, ‘tossed-salad’ type dish.
This yummy recipe is part of #BBQWeek where me and a bunch of other wonderful bloggers are bringing you a week’s worth of creative grilled recipes that will make your summer meals magical.
There’s also an awesome giveaway, so stick around after the recipe and check that out, along with the other yummy recipes coming out today as part of campaign.
Grilled Caesar Aparagus
- 1 1/2 pounds Michigan asparagus trimmed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt & freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- fresh cracked black pepper to taste
- Caesar salad dressing
- garlic flavored croutons
- shredded Parmesan cheese
- To a large mixing bowl, add the asparagus spears, oil, and a liberal amount of both salt and pepper. Toss them so that the spears are all evenly coated.
- Grill the asparagus over medium-high heat (turning only once or twice) until crisp-tender and slightly charred.
- Using tongs, gently transfer the asparagus to a serving platter. Set aside to cool for 2-3 minutes. So that it's still warm, but not so hot it will do funny things to the dressing or completely melt the cheese.
- Serve topped with a generous drizzle of the Caesar dressing of your choice, a handful of croutons, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and another round of fresh cracked black pepper, to taste. Enjoy!
Welcome to #BBQWEEK! This week you’ll enjoy more than 70 recipes from more than 20 bloggers. There is also the opportunity to win one of three great prizes from our sponsors. Thank you to Michigan Asparagus for providing bloggers with freshly harvested asparagus, to Adams Extract & Spice for wonderful rubs and spices for grilling and Not Ketchup for bloggers choice of sauce.
Prize Number 1: $100 Gift Card Courtesy of Michigan Asparagus (Value $100)
Michigan Asparagus is known for its hand snapped fresh asparagus. It is available May – June and grown mostly in Oceana County along the shores of Lake Michigan. Michigan Asparagus has excellent flavor and a long shelf life. It is a nutrient-dense, low-calorie vegetable with no fat, no cholesterol, and very little sodium. Approximately 120 local Michigan farmers produce approximately 20 million pounds of Michigan Asparagus during the state’s 6-7 week harvest. Remember to buy U.S. for the freshest of the fresh.
Prize Number 2: Not Ketchup Sampler 5-Pack (Value $40)
Not Ketchup is a line of fruit gourmet grilling and dipping sauces with no added sugar, no corn syrup and no artificial sweeteners. They are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo, vegan, low-carb and Whole30 friendly.
Flavors in the sampler pack:
Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup blends sweet-tart California tangerines with a touch of heat from authentic Hatch chiles from New Mexico. Favorite pairings: fish, chicken, turkey
Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup combines ripe cherries with the subtle, smoky heat of chipotle pepper. Favorite pairings: burgers, steak, salmon, ribs, meatballs
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Prize Number 3: A bottle of vanilla and a selection of rubs from Adams Extract & Flavors (Value $30)
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See what the bloggers served up Monday for #BBQWeek
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Asian Grilled Asparagus by Books n’ Cooks
Blackened Chicken, Asparagus & Avocado Salad by Tip Garden
Chicken and Asparagus Grilled Pizza by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
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Double Blueberry Bison Burgers by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Grilled Asparagus Summer Caprese Salad by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Grilled Blueberry and White Pepper Pork Chops by Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids
Easy Lighter Grilled Buffalo Chicken by Jonesin’ For Taste
Grilled Asparagus with Mustard Dill Sauce by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Grilled Caesar Asparagus by 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa and Asparagus by Simple and Savory
Grilled Eggplant Caprese Salad by Everyday Eileen
Grilled Fruit & Cake Kabobs by Red Cottage Chronicles
Grilled London Broil by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Grilled London Broil with Chimichurri Sauce by Cookaholic Wife
Grilled Pork Burgers with Hawaiian-Style Buns by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Grilled Sweet and Spicy Mustard Pork Chops by Soulfully Made
Meat Lover’s Kebabs by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Thank you to #BBQWeek Sponsors Adam’s Extracts, Michigan Asparagus, and Not Ketchup for providing the prizes free of charge. These sponsors also provided bloggers with samples and product to use for creating #BBQWeek recipes. All opinions are my own.
The #BBQWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. There will be three winning entries that will be verified. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The #BBQWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize package. Participating bloggers and their immediate family members cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with social channels mentioned in the #BBQWeek posts or entry.