To me the arrival of asparagus is a true harbinger of spring and a promise that the long dark days of winter are behind us. It also means the start of lighter, fresher cooking and for this I am grateful, each spring!
Whether you trim or snap the ends, do peel an inch or so off the bottom. It not only looks pleasing, but will ensure no tough stringy bits remain. Trust me on this!
Whether you use an outdoor grill or grill pan on the stove, cook the asparagus for only a few minutes, rotating them, until char marks start to form – you really want it to be tender crisp.
The char of the asparagus is nicely set off by the subtle sweet lemony vinaigrette and freshness of the chives – a tasty blend of sweet, smokey and fresh! If you can’t or don’t have an outdoor grill, do get a stove top grill pan for use indoors and you have the taste of summer all year. Grilling vegetables, making bruschetta, flatbread and pizza will be a snap~
- 1 lb. green asparagus (about 4 spears per person)
- Olive oil, small amount for cooking
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 tsp honey
- 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar (or rice wine vinegar)
- Big pinch of salt
- Few gratings freshly ground black pepper
- 1 - 2 TBSP finely chopped chives
- Peel the lower couple inches of asparagus and trim the ends by about an inch. Drizzle with just enough olive oil to coat, season with a pinch of salt & pepper, and using your fingers, roll it around to coat.
- Cook on preheated grill or stove top grill pan, turning occasionally, until you see those lovely char marks, 3 - 5 minutes approximately.
- While the asparagus is cooking (or before) combine all ingredients for vinaigrette (except the chives) and whisk together. Stir in chives and taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
- Put the asparagus on a pretty platter and drizzle over a few spoons of vinaigrette. Pass the remaining in a small bowl or jug for individual use.
- *Tip: serve warm or at room temperature. Leftovers are great added to a sandwich or salad~