Our Roasted Asparagus with Watermelon Radish truly is a good as it looks!
This recipe for ROASTED ASPARAGUS WITH WATERMELON RADISH came together after I picked up watermelon radish and fresh asparagus at a local farmer’s market. Placing them into the fridge, I noticed I had a batch of our ASIAN SALAD DRESSING at the ready. Didn’t take much for me to put one, and two, and three together. The results are really quite fabulous.
Here’s why you’ve just gotta try this Roasted Asparagus with Watermelon Radish:
Keep your eyes peeled, we’re on the hunt for ASPARAGUS and WATERMELON RADISHES. These two ingredients along with a few others will help you create something exceptionally delicious!
Although WATERMELON RADISHES may look drab and boring from the outside, their vibrantly coloured flesh packs a punch of sweet crunchiness. They’re members of the Brassica family. Other members include arugula, broccoli and cabbage. Watermelon radishes are the heirloom variety of daikon radishes. I’m a huge fan, and this recipe puts their colour and distinctive flavour profile to good use.
As mentioned, this ASIAN SALAD DRESSING inspired the idea for this triumvirate of deliciousness. Prepare it a day in advance, remembering to whisk the dressing thoroughly before use.
I use a vegetable mandoline to thinly slice the radishes and julienne the carrots. As always, use the hand guard whenever you process fruit or veggies in this fashion. I’ve listed a link to purchase a vegetable mandoline a bit further down in this post.
Once the radishes and carrots are prepared, add enough dressing to coat the vegetables liberally, then toss and refrigerate until use.
Look for locally grown asparagus, the thinner the spears the better. Rinse thoroughly and trim off the woody, pale-coloured ends. The recipes directs that you roast them for 10 minutes and no more. Remember, you want the spears to still be slightly raw and crunchy. Click HERE to watch a 1-minute video on how to oven-roast this favourite veggie.
To present, begin with an attractive service platter and place the roasted asparagus in a uniform layer, then spoon some dressing across the spears. Add a layer of the slaw across the midsection, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve. Yes, it’s that simple!
The perfect salad or side dish for a light luncheon or family dinner, this ROASTED ASPARAGUS WITH WATERMELON RADISH is as delicious as it looks!
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