This has two of my favorite foods: asparagus and capers. I make roasted asparagus with salt, pepper and olive oil as a side dish for grilled/roasted meat. This is a South Beach Diet recipe.

Serves 2

1 bunch asparagus (about 1 pound)
2 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
3 tablespoons chopped shallot
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 450?F.

2. Trim tough ends from asparagus; place on a baking sheet. Drizzle the asparagus with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; toss to coat. Spread in a single layer and roast, turning once halfway through, until the asparagus begins to soften and brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter.

3. For the dressing: place shallot, parsley and capers on a cutting board and chop together to make a coarse mixture. Transfer to a small bowl and combine with vinegar, the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Serve the asparagus topped with the dressing.