Now don’t go getting your panties all in a twist.

I didn’t eat vegetables twice this week.



I made this asparagus one Saturday night while Mr. How Sweet and I were lounging around.

And when I say ‘lounging around,’ I really mean laying on the couch by 4pm with nothing planned because we are so old and boring. We’d fit right in at an early bird special.



I can eat most veggies if they are slathered in roasted garlic.

And of course, I can eat them when covered in cheese and bacon. But I want Mr. How Sweet to still be able to fit his arms around me.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I roast a few heads of garlic each weekend.

They go with everything.

Specifically – warm, toasty bread.

But they also go with veggies, I suppose.



The vinegarette is slight sweet, yet tart.

And it is as smooth as butter from the garlic and olive oil.



Grilled Asparagus with Roasted Garlic Vinegarette

inspired by Giada

1 bundle asparagus, grilled

2 heads roasted garlic

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons honey

sprinkle of salt & pepper

Combine garlic cloves, olive oil, vinegar, honey, and salt & pepper in a blender or food processor until smooth. Drizzle over asparagus.





Don’t worry. I haven’t ventured to the dark side yet.

I still prefer to keep my vegetable consumption to never once a week.

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42 Responses to “Grilled Asparagus with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette.”

  1. #
    Genag — March 27, 2010 @ 6:04 am

    It’ll be twice a week soon enough, darlin! I’m sure of it.


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    Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete — March 27, 2010 @ 6:06 am

    Yum! I love Giada so much! And, I love roasted garlic. I’m kinda a freak about it actually. Take some brie, pop it in the microwave, pour some pesto over it with roasted garlic and slather it over some crackers = Heaven.


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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — March 27, 2010 @ 6:13 am

    Mmmmm…LOVE roasted garlic. Your asparagus looks much better than my asparagus soup FAIL from last week! :-)


  4. #
    Paige — March 27, 2010 @ 6:35 am

    I just bought some asparagus and needed a new way to devour them so THANK YOU :) the way you made them look sooooo good! Love your blog girl!


  5. #
    Beth @ 990 Square — March 27, 2010 @ 6:44 am

    I’m hoping the asparagus starts showing up in our local grocery stores soon…It’s always the first sign of spring!


  6. #
    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — March 27, 2010 @ 6:44 am

    That roasted garlic looks insanely good. I want to leap through my computer screen and eat it. I suppose a more logical solution would be to roast some of my own…


  7. #
    Midgetkeeper — March 27, 2010 @ 6:45 am

    Love asparagus! I bought tons of garlic this weekend just so I could roast some, I’m also attempting to make your pizza crust this weekend.


  8. #
    Abby — March 27, 2010 @ 6:53 am

    Dave and I will join you for that Early Bird Special!!! (if they are serving this!)


  9. #
    Mara @ What's For Dinner? — March 27, 2010 @ 7:30 am

    *feels your forehead*
    Veggies? Even posting about them twice is huge progress! :) Love you!


  10. #
    Lazaro — March 27, 2010 @ 7:37 am

    Saw your profile on food buzz…great job with your blog. I will be following you here. Have a great day!


  11. #
    A@ Please Don't Eat Me! — March 27, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    that looks so awesome.. delish!!!


  12. #
    Jenn ( — March 27, 2010 @ 7:49 am

    YUMMMMMMMY! I love asparagus and sweet roasted garlic. I am definitely making this. :D



  13. #
    homecookedem — March 27, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    I love asparagus!! This looks so good!! The only thing about asparagus is it makes my pee smell funny.


  14. #
    Shannon O | Confessions of a Loving Wife — March 27, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    Asparagus is one of my fav foods of all time, I MUST give this a try. Thanks for sharing.


  15. #
    Katrina — March 27, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    I have a similar recipe for this, except I don’t use honey, and use lemon juice and feta cheese. I can’t wait to try yours!


  16. #
    Erica — March 27, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    Giada has some of the best recipes!! Glad she inspired this beautiful dish. I love balsamic with veggies- a perfect little sweetness.


  17. #
    Jolene ( — March 27, 2010 @ 9:02 am

    I love asparagus!!! It grows locally, and I always pick some up at the farmer’s market in the summer.


  18. #
    Whitney @ Lettuce Love — March 27, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    I love asparagus! I am usually boring and just steam them but this sounds much tastier :)


  19. #
    Jil — March 27, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Mmm, that sounds really good – I have yet to roast garlic..I think I’m scared that I will just end up with a lump of charcoal where a garlic head once was. haha


  20. #
    janetha b — March 27, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    hahah. i loved the opener to this post. the asparagus and roasted garlic bulbs look awesome. one of my favorite appetizers is roasted garlic at a german restaurant i go to. have a great weekend!


  21. #
    Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — March 27, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    The asparagus looks wonderful! Its one of my favorite vegetables! My husband doesn’t like it so I don’t fix it as often as I would like. I bet he would eat it with lots of cheese and bacon though :).


  22. #
    Melinda — March 27, 2010 @ 10:14 am

    Looks great and super green which is super good. I wish I could do more asparagus, but as a kid my grandpa grew it out back and we had to pick it and ate it every week, so I think I got burnt out on it early on cause I never really liked it as a small child. It looks so pretty though.


  23. #
    Anne — March 27, 2010 @ 10:52 am

    A perfect combination: garlic and asparagus. Love it!


  24. #
    Ashley — March 27, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    That asparagus looks fabbbbbulous!!! mmmmm


  25. #
    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — March 27, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    I dont think we can be bff’s anymore b/c i HATE garlic. Ppl are like oh, but if you roast it, it’s sweet and not garlicky. Yea right. As they are detoxing their garlic fumes next to me in yoga. I have always had an incredible nose and that’s just one of those aromas that is too strong for me! Love you honey!!!!!!


  26. #
    Low — March 27, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    I looove asparagus. It’s one of my favorite veggies.

    I had a dream about you last night, lol, how creepy is that?!!?


  27. #
    Jessie (Vegan-minded) — March 27, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies! I love how the tips absorb whatever sauce you cook them in. Must be fabulous with roasted garlic! :)


  28. #
    Sara — March 27, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

    Omg- your roasted garlic looks absolutely incredible- I want to make that ASAP- garlic makes everything a million times better ;)


  29. #
    One Healthy Apple — March 27, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    Love it! Roasted garlic tastes like buttah! Thanks for posting this recipe- fabulous as always. I can’t wait to try this once we get a new grill!

    Also, thanks for answering all my questions the other day- you are immensely helpful!


  30. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — March 27, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

    i’ve made that vinaigrette before…SO good! i am definitely a fan of the tartness, although it did surprise me at first. i didn’t have it paired with asparagus though! sounds heavenly, and i am now off to roast some garlic!


  31. #
    Cheryl — March 27, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

    i love grilled asparagus – it’s the best!


  32. #
    Nicole @ Making Good Choices — March 27, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    Somehow I missed 2 posts from you! I have been mia from the computer! I love asparagus and am excited you liked it :)


  33. #
    raina @ The Garden of Yum — March 27, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

    Love roasted garlic…love asparagus! I usually just do S&P and oil. Love the vinegarette idea!


  34. #
    sophia — March 27, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

    I’ve never seen such brilliantly fresh asparagus. My, oh my! Are you sure you don’t like veggies? Because you sure as hell can cook them right!


  35. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — March 27, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    Now I’m craving some asparagus at 12:45am! I can’t wait for fresh asparagus this spring… It’s one of my favorite veggies. I have actually never made it with roasted garlic, and that sounds wonderful.


  36. #
    The Candid RD — March 28, 2010 @ 6:10 am

    Pheww, I was worried about you there for a second.
    You guys sound so much like Nick and I. We are often times sitting around doing nothing on Saturdays nights. Loving every moment of it. Doing nothing is so fun after long weeks of doing way too much and not stopping to breath.

    Love Giada. This recipe sounds great. The garlic picture is what sold me.


  37. #
    Amanda — March 28, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    This is a must for my next family dinner… looks fantastic Jessica!


  38. #
    Jenny — March 28, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    asparagus are one of my FAVORITE veggies…I’m always in need of a new way to season it though. And also, I’m right there with you on the early bird special, I love early dinners, followed by early bedtimes ;)


  39. #
    Art and Appetite — March 28, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    Roasted garlic sounds good (although I have never tried it). I can imagine the aroma in the house! Yum!


  40. #
    Linn @ Swedish home cooking — March 29, 2010 @ 12:27 am

    Isn’t asparagus the best thing that comes with spring? I love it. I just started an online cooking show, Swedish Home Cooking, please check it out!


  41. #
    Sophie @ yumventures — March 29, 2010 @ 9:43 am

    LOVE the roast garlic. It makes everything better. Perfect combo with the asparagus!



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