Zesty Asparagus Salad with Buckwheat

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Cost Per Serving $2.53
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12Asparagus Spears, bottom 1 ½” removed
2Golden Beets, washed well and thinly sliced
1Lemon, zest + 2 tbsp juice (optional)
2 clovesGarlic, minced
1/4 cupFresh Mint or favorite herbs, roughly chopped
1 1/2 tbspExtra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cupFresh Ricotta Cheese
To TasteSea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Buckwheat Pilaf
1 cupBuckwheat Groats
1 3/4 cupsWater or Stock
To TasteSea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Take a large piece of parchment paper and run it under cold water. Squeeze out any excess water from the paper and lay it out flat on a cutting board.
  3. Add your asparagus spears and beets in the middle and top with lemon zest, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Toss gently and then wrap and fold the edges of the parchment paper together to create a sealed package.
  5. Place on a baking tray and into the oven for about 15 minutes.
  6. Dress with fresh herbs and lemon juice (optional) and serve as a side or with the buckwheat pilaf. Top with some fresh ricotta for extra protein.
  7. For the buckwheat pilaf, whisk egg and stir into the buckwheat groats coating evenly.
  8. Add to a medium sauté pan over medium heat, cook for about 3 minutes stirring gently.
  9. Add boiling water or stock, cover with lid, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed.
  10. Fluff with fork, season to taste and serve.


  • Including citrus fruit such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes in your diet may lower the risk of bladder cancer by 13% compared to people who rarely eat these fruits.
  • Some treatments for bladder cancer can cause side effects like a burning sensation or a need to pee more often. If you're experiencing this, it's best to avoid food and drinks that could irritate the bladder such as coffee, tea, citrus fruit and juices, tomatoes and spicy food.
  • If lemon juice is too acidic for you, try the zest to get lemon flavour without the acidity.
  • Blood in the urine is one of the most common signs of bladder cancer. Another cause of red urine that can cause a false alarm: eating red beets. Try eating yellow beets more often so if you do see red in your pee, you'll know you should see your doctor right away.