A great side dish for all seasons – but especially when cherry tomatoes and asparagus are plentiful


I love cherry tomatoes and this dish combines them with asparagus. Very good and fairly low calorie too! The kids were not crazy about it – but the adults loved it!

Asparagus balsalmic tomato vegetable 2015Asparagus and Tomato Balsamic Side Dish


  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese ( we make our own – if you want a lower calorie version as I did – I left off the cheese and it was still wonderful)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook asparagus in boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and garlic; cook 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar; cook 3 minutes. Stir in salt. Arrange asparagus on a platter; top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper.
  3. Alternate recipe – which is what I did since I had run out of time and had a ton of other things to do before dinner – I threw everything into the pan – the tomatoes, the vinegar, the garlic ( I added some sliced onion as well as chopped chives as I had some in the fridge as we love those roasted too) and the salt and pepper. Put it into the oven and it was divine!
  4. Enjoy!

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