Asparagus with Lemon Zest and Vinaigrette Recipe

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What could be better than tender, steamed or grilled asparagus spears, flavored with lemon and drizzled with simple balsamic vinaigrette? With a crisp-tender texture and garden-fresh flavor, this asparagus recipe would win anyone's heart.
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Ingredients
  • ASPARAGUS:
  • 36 medium to large asparagus stalks (2 bunches) - woody bottoms snapped off
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinaigrette - see below
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest plus lemon slices for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • VINAIGRETTE:
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic - crushed through a press
Container: steamer, frying pan or grill pan
Directions
PREP
10 mins
COOK
10 mins
READY IN
20 mins
ASPARAGUS:
  • Steam asparagus in stearmer or in a frying pan filled with cold water to cover asparagus.
  • Simmer until crisp tender, approximately 10 minutes.
  • If using a grill pan, drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil on pan, heat to medium, place asparagus in a single layer on pan.
  • Grill until bright green in color, 5 minutes, then turn each spear and grill 2-3 minutes more.
  • They should be bright green and have grill marks in places.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • If steaming or simmering, remove to papertowels to drain, then place directly on a platter when done.
  • Drizzle with white balsamic vinaigrette and sprinkle with two tablespoons lemon zest.

VINAIGRETTE:
  • Place all ingredients in a glass jar and shake well.
  • Store in the refrigerator.
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