Recipe: Pan Roasted Lemon Asparagus Watercress Salad

This fresh, flavorful salad has the zing of roasted lemon.
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This fresh, flavorful salad has the zing of roasted lemon.

This fresh, flavorful salad has the zing of roasted lemon. When shopping, look for asparagus tips that are tightly closed and firm. White asparagus, traditionally grown in Europe in a light-deprived plot, was once seen as a tender delicacy. In my experience, the U.S. version tends to be tougher and less tender. Go green instead, for better taste, texture, and more nutrients.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound of asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 large organic lemon, thinly sliced, seeded
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 pound watercress
  • 1/2 pound baby spinach or arugula


In a large non-stick skillet, heat one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the asparagus, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, turning the spears occasionally, until the asparagus begins to soften and brown slightly. Transfer to a plate.

In the same skillet, add the remaining olive oil and place over medium-low heat. Add the lemon slices and onion. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Cook 3 to 4 minutes until the lemons begin to brown and give off their liquid and the onions begin to soften. Serve over the watercress and baby spinach or arugula immediately.

Ayurvedic Add-ins

For Vata: Swap the arugula for beet greens.

For Pitta: Remove the cayenne.

For Kapha: No add-ins required! This recipe is just right.

Serves 4

(Serving 3 cups) 129 calories, 5 g protein, 11 g carbohydrates, 4 g sugars, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 217 mg sodium

Jennifer Iserloh, aka the “Skinny Chef”, is a leader in promoting healthy, vibrant lifestyles though a diet of delicious and nutritious easy-to-prepare meals. A classically trained chef, certified yoga teacher and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Iserloh is the best-selling author of 50 Shades of Kale and Healthy Cheats, among other books.