What vegetables speak the language of spring-time more clearly than asparagus and radishes? I’ve been roasting this combo for years… but one thing about this time of year is that it is not always conducive to turning the oven on! Then I thought, but we grill asparagus all the time! Why not radishes? So I’ve adapted a family favorite to be sugar-free AND grill-friendly. Here we go with grilled asparagus and radishes. Mmmm, with a vinaigrette dressing!
Did you know that radishes are practically the perfect low-glycemic, low-carb vegetable? They definitely are. I did a lot of research on the subject of radishes when I wrote Raindrops on Radishes, a Christian romance novel about a plus-size lawyer who faces off with an urban farmer for the rights to her own backyard. (Psst: Sadie’s story is a terrific Trim Healthy Mama journey, as well…)
So, let’s get started!
Recipe: Grilled Asparagus and Radishes
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For the veggies:
• 1 cup of chunked radishes
• 6 cups of asparagus spears
The exact ratio is unimportant, so go with the amount of vegetables that looks good to you at the time.
• 2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
• Salt and pepper
Massage the oil and seasonings into the asparagus and radishes then spread the veggies on a medium-hot grill. Cook, turning every 5-10 minutes, until the radishes are soft and all veggies are at the desired doneness. We love our asparagus a little browned, which takes about 30 minutes. If you prefer to do this in the oven, though, try 425º.
While the veggies are grilling, prepare the vinaigrette. Grab a little whisk to mix the ingredients in a small bowl.
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon of 1:1 sugar substitute (I used a monkfruit/erythritol blend)
• 3 tablespoons low-carb balsamic vinegar
• 1/4 cup fresh chopped chives
Pour the vinaigrette over the grilled asparagus and radishes and toss lightly. Garnish with fresh dill if you have some. Oops, I forgot to add the chives before snapping my photos. This is definitely a perfect side-dish for spring, whether you’re following the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating, keto, or just watching your carbs. Enjoy!
Unsure of some of those ingredients?
Balsamic Vinegar: Compare available brands and look for one that is low-carb and has no added sugar.
Sweetener: in this case, you’re looking for something that’s approximately 1:1 with sugar. More about sweeteners here.
PSST! I’ve realized that this is a terrific Deep S side dish as well, so long as you are careful which balsamic vinegar you use! Yay for options!
This is a side dish Sadie from Raindrops on Radishes experiences in her Trim Healthy Mama story!
Please Note: I am not an authorized Trim Healthy Mama coach or blogger, although I play one in fiction…