Pomegranate Vinaigrette on Roasted Asparagus

by Kirsten on May 5, 2011 · 21 comments

in Salads, Sides, Soups & Salads, Starters, Starters & Sides

Fresh green asparagus is one of my most favorite spring time vegetables, preferably roasted, since it gives an extra flavor boost to the asparagus.

Here I am serving the roasted asparagus with vinaigrette made out of pomegranate molasses, aged balsamic vinegar and a good organic olive oil. A healthy and quick side dish that goes impeccably well with grilled chicken or steak.

Serves 4 to 6.


* 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses*
* 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more to taste
* 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
* 3 tablespoons organic olive oil

* 2.25 pounds green asparagus
* olive oil
* pepper and salt


Preheat oven to 400 F Convection.

Place washed and trimmed asparagus on baking sheet. Sprinkle with oil and seson with pepper and salt. Roast for 12 minutes.

Place all the vinaigrette ingredients in a clean marmalade glass. Tighten the lid and shake until mixed well.

Place asparagus on serving platter and drizzle with vinaigrette.

* Purchase pomegranate  molasses at Indian markets or head over to Simply Recipes for a recipe to make your own. Click here.

You may also enjoy some of my previously posted asparagus recipes:

Asparagus Quiche

Tilapia with Balsamic Butter Sauce and Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus Soup

Spiced Lamb Chops with Roasted Aparagus

Chinese Chicken Salad (with asparagus)

Lemon Risotto with Asparagus, Shrimp …

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Chef Penni May 10, 2011 at 3:28 am

Can't wait to try this! Simply beautiful!!!

The Durrer Family May 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I love the presentation! I just may have to try that the next time we have friends for dinner. Asparagus is a favorite in our house – most often grilled with portabello mushrooms and red onion with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic and fresh ground pepper. Yum!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE May 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Honestly Kirsten, roasted asparagus has never looks so good! I've got pom molasses in the pantry–this is going on the weekly menu.

Design Wine and Dine May 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Super beautiful Kristen! As ALWAYS!!!

I heard about your day the other day w/the food trucks and all! Super excited for you and so jealous you all got to hang out! What an awesome day!

Christina Bollinger May 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm

This is a great idea to boost flavors without masking the loveliness of the asparagus!! Will try this soon, thank you!

Andrea @ ForkFingersChopsticks May 8, 2011 at 1:13 am

Fantastic photos. I also prefer my asparagus roasted. I could eat that whole bundle by myself. Now, I'm adding pomegranate molasses to the shopping list.

Chele May 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

That sounds (and looks) devine! Yum.

Guvi May 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I know I've said it before, but your photos are amazing. I love asparagus so thank you for this!

Merut May 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Oh my goodness! I love asparagus. Since I'm predictable, I almost always serve it with a lemon sauce. But a pomegranate sauce sounds unique and delicious! Thanks for the inspiration to step outside of my box. Love the pictures!

Boulder Locavore May 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

You Vixen you! What an alluring recipe and SISTER, those photos????? Could not help noticing all the nice photo comments. Stellar. May I admire you? And come eat this at your house….soon?

Lea Ann May 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Where did you find the molasses? Sounds wonderful Kirsten…and great photo!

Nuts about food May 6, 2011 at 10:48 am

Fabulous pics. Thanks for the tip…I never thought of using pomegranate molasses in vinaigrette. I am always on the look out for a simple way to use the bottle I bought.

JelliDonut May 6, 2011 at 4:29 am

Lovely photos!

Cooking Rookie May 6, 2011 at 2:38 am

Beautiful photo!

foodies at home May 6, 2011 at 1:57 am

I love how you presented the asparagus! And my favorite way is roasted too!

Betty @ scrambled henfruit May 6, 2011 at 1:50 am

I have the asparagus, now I need to find the pomegranate molasses. This sounds so good! 🙂

Karen Harris May 5, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Aaahhh, summertime. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for the recipe Kirsten.

The Cafe Sucre Farine May 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Gorgeous! I just happen to have some pomegranate molasses, sounds like this might be dinner tonight! For those of your readers who have had trouble finding pomegranate molasses, it is usually quite readily available at Indian grocery stores. It does add such a unique flavor!

Cathy May 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I have yet to find pomegranate molasses in a local store but you've inspired me to keep looking. I could eat asparagus every day during the season and am always looking for a new garnish. Yum.

sweetandsaucy May 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm

GREAT photos, Kirsten! Your asparagus looks absolutely delicious.

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle May 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I have some pomegranate molasses that I bought because it seemed I saw a bunch of uses for it…til I bought it. I love asparagus so much and that means I'm always looking for a different method for preparation.This sounds perfect and now I'm excited I have the goods on hand!

Thanks Kirsten!

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