1/3cupWalnut pieces(preferably halves or larger pieces)
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Cover a baking sheet with foil (shiny side up). Rinse asparagus and break or cut the bottom of the stalk.
Place the asparagus on the baking sheet in a single layer. Brush the asparagus with the olive oil, salt and pepper lightly and place in the heated oven for 10 minutes.
While the asparagus cooks, place the walnuts in a small dry skillet over medium-high heat and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes until the walnuts being to brown. Remove from heat.
Allow the walnuts to cool until they can be handled and then chop them into small pieces. Set aside.
Remove asparagus from oven and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Place the asparagus on a serving platter and brush with the balsamic vinegar. Place crumbled goat cheese and toasted walnuts on top of the asparagus and serve warm.