Pan-fried asparagus is topped with feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and toasted pine nuts in this Mediterranean-inspired side dish.
Pour grapeseed oil in a large, preheated skillet over medium heat. (Work in small batches if needed.) Tilt to spread the oil until the pan is evenly coated.
Spread asparagus and smashed garlic cloves on the skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 3 minutes, or until bottoms of asparagus begin to brown. Remove garlic cloves from the skillet and flip asparagus spears. Pour feta cheese over the asparagus and cook 2 additional minutes, or until asparagus is tender and browned.
Vegan variation: Substitute tofu feta or nut cheese for the feta cheese.
To toast pine nuts: Spread on a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Cook 3 minutes, stirring often, or until browned and aromatic.
To soften sun-dried tomatoes (optional): Soak in hot or boiling water 1-2 minutes before using.
This recipe originally appeared on GratefulGrazer.com.