This recipe for tender asparagus that is served cold is marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette and sprinkled with a tangy lemon zest and fresh parsley. A great side for barbecued chicken or grilled steak.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch 2 pounds of fresh asparagus, cut into 2 1/2 inch pieces, just until tender, about 1 minute. Plunge into a bowl of cold water to cool.
Zest 1-2 teaspoons lemon. Drain asparagus and place in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour in 1 1/2 cups (or less) balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing and seal bag. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, turning bag occasionally.
Just before serving, drain asparagus, reserving vinaigrette. Arrange on a serving platter and sprinkle with lemon zest, 1/4 cup fresh parsley, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
Serve reserved vinaigrette in a small dish on the side.
322 calories per each of 4 servings
- I did not cut the asparagus into pieces as I like the way they look as spears.
- I added the lemon zest, parsley, salt and pepper to the balsamic dressing during the marinating process.
Snippety Gibbet says
I may have to try that one. We love asparagus in this house, but my repertoire is rather limited.
Miss Jen says
Ummmm….. this is fabulous, Mrs.H! !! 😉
My family loves asparagus…. and this looks
SO yummy! Thank you for sharing!!!
Many Blessings~ Jenny
crochet lady says
I usually eat asparagus warm, I’ll have to try that.
C and C says
Thanks for the idea! I am making this tonight! We love asparagus. We planted a patch last year but weren’t supposed to cut any this year. Looking forward to next year though!
Walking on Sunshine... says
Yum!!! I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing it!