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Roasted Asparagus with Lemon-Almond Pesto

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon-Almond Pesto Recipe

Any way you want to cook your asparagus (roast it, grill it, whatever!) will work for this recipe, and you can put the lemon-almond pesto on everything! It has the bright flavor of lemon without being too lemony, so it’s perfect for adding to vegetables–it works with them, rather than overpowering them as lemon juice sometimes does. Go get some fresh veggies!

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon-Almond Pesto Recipe

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon-Almond Pesto

An easy springtime side dish made with fresh asparagus, almonds, and lemon.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings


  • cooking spray or olive oil mister
  • 2 bunches asparagus ends trimmed
  • 1/2 c. almonds I like using raw, but roasted work too
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray 2 rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray. Place asparagus on sheets in a single layer and spray tops with additional cooking spray. Roast for 10-15 minutes or until tender (thinner asparagus will take closer to 10 minutes).
  • Combine almonds, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper in food processor and process until roughly chopped. Spoon over asparagus before serving.
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  • Reply
    Grace @ Perpetual Nomming
    April 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Asparagus is my favorite! This flavor combination sounds great 🙂

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
    April 18, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I love to roast asparagus and this looks delicious!!! Must try your lemon-almond pesto!!!

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    April 18, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Asparagus is one of my faves and I just made some fresh the other night with caramelized onions. I vote for calling it lemon almond nuggets o’ goodness but I’m weird like that!

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      April 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      I just had a tart made with asparagus and caramelized onions. Oh, and cheese. It was so good! I’m linking to the recipe tomorrow. 🙂

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    April 18, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I love asparagus! It is such a power food. Roasted is by far my favourite cooking method. A little olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper makes the perfect roasted asparagus, but I love that you added almonds! I’ll have to try it out.

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      April 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      That’s usually how I make mine too! 🙂 Sometimes I add capers when I have them on hand. Which, okay, sounds a little bit weird, but it works!

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    April 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Spring time reminds me of asparagus! What a perfect recipe 🙂

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    April 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I’m drowning in asparagus lately. Love love love it. Thanks for another great recipe!

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    April 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

    haha- i love lemon almond crumbles! seriously, though, i would eat this in a heartbeat. and i think i will! it’s too easy to not try it 😉

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      April 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      It is SO easy! And you can even cut the asparagus into smaller pieces and toss it with pasta for a full meal.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day
    April 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I have noticed some really beautiful asparagus in the grocery store. I love it. And this pesto is genius!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    April 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    That pesto sounds like the perfect topping for asparagus, love!

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    April 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I love asparagus. Definitely on my list for the weekend grocery trip. Great recipe!!

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    Alexandra @ Delicious Knowledge
    April 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I am loving all of these asparagus recipes! Gorgeous photos as well.

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    Pam @Mommacan
    April 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I would eat this now if I had some asparagus in house. oh dear, my egg whites this morning are not holding up. lol

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    April 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I need to try this soon – I love asparagus but I always make it the same way. This would be such a nice change! And now I want to try grilling it too! Not sure why I never thought of that before : )

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      April 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      I tend to make it the same way too. I’m trying to break out of that rut!

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    April 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    this lemon almond stuff? Yes please! My roommate and I were trying to figure out what to make this weekend, I think the answer might be asparagus!

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      April 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Asparagus is ALWAYS the answer. 🙂

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    [email protected], pleasure, and health
    April 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    its a shame but i havent had asparagus yet – 10 more days left for April 😛 loving the idea of pesto here, might try it tonight. And love your last line.

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      April 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      You better go get some soon! Although I think it’s still good in May too. 😉

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    Kiran @
    April 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Never ever fight such delish and beautiful foods 🙂

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    April 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    You are your fabulous pesto recipes! I love the simplicity of this one. Perfectly light for spring, too!

    • Reply
      April 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      I just put together another recipe using pesto last night. Somebody stop me, I am on a pesto kick!

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    Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board
    April 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I’ve been trying to wait for asparagus season here before I make anything with asparagus but I think I might give in this weekend and buy the imported stuff so I can start enjoying it – I’ve waited long enough! I love this easy way to dress up asparagus without masking its flavour!

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      April 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Sometimes I’m that way with corn. I get so excited about corn being in season and then I see the corn from Florida at the grocery store and end up buying it because I just can’t wait. 😉

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    April 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    What a great colorful recipe!

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    April 18, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    We’ve been eating asparagus at least twice a week and sometimes more so I love finding simple and delicious recipes list this to change things up. Thanks! It looks delicious!

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    Robin {Mom Foodie}
    April 18, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I love asparagus. Just had it again today in scampi 😛

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    April 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I don’t think raw asparagus has ever looked so good as it does on here! Now that asparagus is coming down in price I can’t wait to try this out!

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    Julia |
    April 18, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Oh yes, asparagus with almonds on top is dream come true! What a perfect side dish to a lot of meals!

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    April 19, 2013 at 5:08 am

    I live, but more work in a huge asparagus area (Hadley, MA), but it’s still too cold, it seems for the regular folks who sell it locally to have it out in the front yard. All we have is Mexican asparagus. I’ll save this recipe, thanks.

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    Ronnie Fein
    April 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Fabulous recipe for seasonal asparagus; love the nut crunch together with tender asparagus.

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