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Hello sunshine! That’s what you’re going to say to this flavorful springtime asparagus bruschetta with lemon cilantro vinaigrette after that first delicious bite. Why would you say that to an appetizer? Because if you could taste sunshine, this would be it.
We all love fresh asparagus, and now that it’s in season again, you can find it in abundance at your local supermarket. I found a huge bag full of perfect spears at Walmart the other day while I was shopping for foam board. I grabbed a bag of asparagus, some yellow tomatoes, lemons, and a package of Wasa Multi-Grain crackers to make a fresh and healthy snack for my husband and me.
I had been craving bruschetta, but wanted a lightened up version that wouldn’t weigh us down before our evening P90X workout. That’s why I chose Wasa crackers instead of bread. One big cracker is only forty-five calories and it has twelve grams of perfectly blended grains (rye, wheat, oats, barley) in each one. What more could you ask for? Low calorie, light, crisp, and good carbs that would give us energy to make it through an hour of intense exercise. Perfect.
When I got home from running errands I roasted the asparagus, toasted the crackers, diced some tomatoes, and whipped up the lemon cilantro dressing. It took me a total of twenty minutes to make this colorful, healthy, and delicious appetizer, and only two minutes to eat them.
The vinaigrette recipe in this dish is so bright and tangy, it complements the umami flavor of the roasted asparagus and the sweet tomatoes so beautifully. And, it doesn’t have a drop of oil in it, so you only taste the freshness of the lemon and the cilantro.
The crisp cracker is the perfect texture to anchor the topping. It’s solid enough that it won’t fall apart, but not so hard that it shatters when you take a bite. You’ll absolutely love how the dressing soaks into the center of the cracker, giving it a chewy and crispy bite.
That big batch of asparagus bruschetta with lemon cilantro vinaigrette was so satisfying, we finished off the rest of it for dinner along with a big salad.
To make this easy, quick, springtime appetizer you only need six ingredients (not including basic staples such as, salt, pepper, and sugar) and twenty minutes.
Wasa Multi-Grain Crackers
Extra Virgin Olive oil (optional)
Prepare the asparagus and roast it, dice and seed the tomatoes, toast the crackers, make the vinaigrette, mix the topping together, top the crackers, sprinkle vegan parmesan on top, and eat.
This beautiful appetizer would be perfect for your next get together, for a light dinner or lunch, or for a snack. Use your imagination, the sky’s the limit.
Do you love bruschetta as much as I do?
Are you excited about asparagus season?
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