Roasted Asparagus with a Honey-Citrus Dressing

I have always been an asparagus kind of girl.  I love it’s earthy and grassy flavors and topping it off with some kind of cream sauce.

However, there’s the problem, the cream sauce.  My brain says, “Yes, cream, Yay”.  My jeans say, “Stop right there sista, we don’t want to be left behind in your closet of broken dreams”. 

So when I saw this recipe for Roasted Asparagus with a Honey-Citrus Dressing I knew I could use it to satisfy my craving for asparagus and keep me from the hollandaise sauce that calls out to me in my sleep.  It really does.

This is the perfect side dish for any meal, especially Sunday Brunch.  You can serve this warm, room temperature or cold as it fits well with many meal occasions. 

You will love it.  Try it, you’ll be glad you did.

Remember, if you are going to drink wine with asparagus, you will need the perfect wine pairing to avoid the metallic taste wine and asparagus can impart on the palate.

Let’s make this.

Here’s what you will need to make this perfect dish:  Asparagus, cherry tomatoes, fresh lemon juice, fresh orange juice, honey, Dijon mustard. extra virgin olive oil, fresh dill, salt, and pepper to taste.

In a large bowl toss 2 pounds of trimmed asparagus spears and a pint of cherry tomatoes with 1-1/2 Tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Place the tossed asparagus and tomatoes on a heavy roasting pan and roast in a 450 degree oven for 15-22 minutes.  Roasting time will depend on the thickness of the asparagus spears.

While the asparagus is roasting you can make the dressing. 

In a shaker jar or a bowl add 1-1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice, 1-1/2 Tablespoons orange juice, 1-1/2 Tablespoons of honey, 3/4 teaspoons of Dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  Shake or whisk vigorously until fully combined.

Here are the veggies right out of the oven.  See all the blistery goodness?

Place the asparagus and tomatoes on a serving platter and drizzle with the citrus dressing.

Sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon fresh dill and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Serve warm, room temperature or cold.  It tastes fabulous either way.

I promise this dish is delicious.  It makes your asparagus sing.  I’m not sure what song, but trust me it’s singin’.

Roasted Asparagus with Honey Citrus Dressing
adapted from Eating Well Magazine

2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
1 pint cherry or pear tomatoes
1-1/2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt, divided
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1-1/2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1-1/2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
1-1/2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place asparagus in a large bowl.  Add tomatoes, oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Toss to coat.  Spread in a heavy roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet.  Roast until the asparagus is crisp-tender and the tomatoes are blistery.  About 15-22 minutes depending on the thickness of your asparagus.

While roasting make the dressing.  Whisk or add to a shaker jar fresh lemon juice, fresh orange juice, honey, Dijon Mustard and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Remove asparagus from oven and place on a serving platter.  Drizzle with the dressing, fresh dill and freshly ground pepper.

Serve warm, cold or room temperature.  It’s great either way.

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  1. Lex the Mom 1

    Being a huge fan of asparagus and tomatoes, I will be trying this one out, too! It looks delectable! I can only imagine how good it tastes!

  2. OH my GAWD, Cathy. This is quite possibly the best thing I have ever seen on the internet. Fat pants be damned to the recesses of our closets! Skinny pants rule! Ok, I might be getting a little riled up. But who wouldn’t after seeing that incredible display of deliciousness? :)

  3. Wow. I’m geeked about making this one. Unfortunately, husband loathes asparagus.

    So guess what?


  4. Philly 4

    I roast all my veggies anyway and this dressing looks too easy.
    Will try!!

  5. YUM! Nothing in there that I don’t love! I also like to roast or grill asparagus with a sesame-ginger marinade.

  6. Kiki 6

    gosh that looks good! I kept waiting for cheap spring asparagus to come, but it never really did, so I’ll have to splurge. I will probably put this on the grill so I don’t have to heat up the kitchen, but I think I must have this!

  7. One of my faves, too!

  8. I.

    This looks DELICIOUS!

  9. I’m not an asparagus or tomato kind of girl, but I could eat this! I’ll have to pass this onto my mom. This is right up her alley.

  10. Yum! I’ll do what I do with most of your recipes- send it to my mom so she can make it for me! She made that cherry thing from a while back and I loved it!

  11. I love asparagus. Why have I never thought of roasting them along with tomatoes?? Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Amanda 12

    now that’s right up my alley! Can I come over? YU-UM!

  13. Steph 13

    Oh! I’ve always looked for a good recipe for asparagus, and have never been successful….this one looks divine, I can’t wait to try it!!

  14. It looks delicious and your photos are amazing!!

  15. Marcy 15

    Hmm , I’m not a big asparagus fan, but I ‘ll have to give that one to my mom, or make it for her, she loves the stuff.
    Pretty funny about the snack bar, I’m with ya on that one.
    As for the Royal Bag , that is hilarious, and definitely one for pondering,and you are right, Bush looks compleetly and utterly BORED STIFF!

  16. This looks amazing – I also found another wonderful “jean saving” compliment to Asparagus it is flavored olive oil – There is a place in Paso Robles called Pasolivo. Just before roasting the Asparagus coat the yummy spears with either the “tangerine” or “lime” flavor it is wonderful and light.

  17. I just recently started loving asparagus – usually just roasted with a nice sprinkle of salt and pepper.

    I will have to try this sauce though – sounds really awesome!

  18. I thought I didn’t like asparagus. My mom cooked it once and put mayo on it. Then I tried it steamed a few years ago and loved it! I had it roasted the other night and it was awesome. I think this dressing might be just the thing for my next step in my asparagus romance!

    Thanks Cathy!

  19. Harmony 19

    This is a beautiful dish, I love the colors…I love making pretty food! Thanks for another great recipe!!

  20. Ok YUM! We LOVE aspargus and will definitely have to try this. I also love just tossing the stalks in olive oil and fresh pressed garlic then adding kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to it and baking it in the oven at about 400 degrees for about 17 minutes.

  21. Yum! That looks insanely delicious! I’m so glad you have that little print button for your posts!

  22. Cathy, I absolutely love asparagus – can’t find them here right now, shame. I’ll be making this delicious recipe as soon as spring comes!

  23. Teri 23

    That’ll be a trip to Farmer’s Market today! This recipe looks so delicious and guilt free! Thanks Cathy, can’t wait!

  24. Yummy – I’m stopping at the supermarket on my way home tonight:)

  25. Love the recipe. We make something similar dressing with soy sauce rather than orange juice. I bet the orange juice really makes it sparkle. Yum.

  26. I bet the orange juice makes this really sparkle. What a perfect dish for summer– it looks like it would work well for an elegant lunch or a casual dinner.

  27. Anna 27

    Those melted tomatoes are making me drool! I’m a little hit and miss with my enjoyment of asparagus, but I think I will have to give this a try.

  28. Egghead 28

    This looks divine. I love asparagus!

  29. jancd 29

    You know I always enjoy reading everyone’s comments on your blog. You have an interesting group of readers. This recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait for asparagus to go on sale again. Ha.

  30. I love love love asparagus and this looks delicious!

  31. looks fabulous!

  32. Lara 32

    Yum! That looks delicious!

    We subscribe to Eating Well – isn’t it great?

  33. Jody 33


  34. Just had asparagus last night . . . grilled with lemon zest and feta. I LOVE the look of this, though. I’ll most definitely give it a try once the cherry toms hit . . . thanks!

  35. Jill 35

    So, when are you writing your cookbook? I will totally buy it!!! Looks so yummy, even for asparagus :)

  36. Erinn 36

    What a gorgeous color combo, captured so well in your photos. I love asparagus and roasted tomatoes, well, what’s not to love?
    Curious though, I’ve never heard of the wine/asparagus interaction before. Maybe it’s because I always roast or grill the asparagus, or perhaps because I’m a HUGE savignon blanc fan. Thanks for a very informative post! I learned something today, that means it’s a good day.

  37. Another recipe for my wife to tuck away.

  38. Pam 38

    Another tasty recipe! I love roasted veggies (especially asparagus & tomatoes). The dressing sounds delicious.

  39. leslie 39

    I too am a cream girl! But these look just Fab!!!

  40. Heather 40

    Yummy! Please share the zucchini cupcake recipe :)

  41. Oh my, did you hear my groans of hunger all the way up to Ohio from down here? awesome dish!

  42. HoneyB 42

    I love asparagus and this recipe is definitely a new one to me! YUM!

  43. Jessica 43

    Closet of broken dreams. Lol. Looks good, I definitly have to try to make it some time!

  44. Jeff 44

    Asparagus + tomatoes + honey. drool….

    Great side dish and I am going to have to remember this next time I am staring at asparagus. Most of the time mine just hit the grill and call it a day.

  45. Mrs. L 45

    That looks so good. I wish I hadn’t bypassed the asparagus at the market today!

  46. Lore 46

    I could eat this as a complete meal, that’s how much I love asparagus! The dressing sounds terrific, even better than the hollandaise sauce.
    Thanks for the warning about the wine.

  47. grace 47

    blistery goodness is the best kind of goodness.

    perhaps your asparagus are singing “honey honey” by abba… :)

  48. MsMVNJ 48

    Looks totally great, I have a party coming up this weekend, and I will most definitely try it!

  49. Tipper 49

    Hubby was just looking for a recipe for asparagus. Looks like I found one!

  50. Deborah 50

    Oh, yum! That looks like spring on a plate!

  51. Elle 51

    What a gorgeous way to prepare asparagus! It looks delicious.

  52. Flea 52

    Oh thank you! I discovered asparagus as an adult. My mom ate asparagus from the can, which is slimy and disgusting, so I never knew the beauty that is fresh asparagus. I love you for posting a cream-less recipe!

  53. Kevin 53

    Roasted asparagus and roasted tomatoes are two of my favorite things. Combining them and adding some honey and mustard sauce souds great!!

  54. this recipe taps into my 2 biggest cravings of this past month – asparagus and tomatoes. drooling…

  55. Oh my heck.

    That’s all I have to say.

    Oh and visiting from Lit and Laundry.

  56. Kim 56

    Cathy- I have made roasted asparagus and tomatoes before but your dressing is what really sets it apart. Fantastic and your images are splendid.

  57. Impeccable ingredient choice – delish!

  58. Alanna 58

    Oh, wow, this looks awesome!!! *added to my recipe list*

    I too have a closet of broken dreams – I must get back into it!!!!

  59. Thanks for sharing your recipe.


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