Marinated Asparagus

Asparagus
Donna Pilato
  • Total: 17 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 7 mins
  • Yield: 5 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
87 Calories
7g Fat
5g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 5 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 87
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 2g
Calcium 37mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This tangy marinated asparagus recipe makes a great side dish or salad and is often seen on Southern buffets and dinner tables. It's incredibly easy to prepare; the asparagus spears are cooked until al dente and then marinated in the refrigerator for several hours. For maximum flavor, let them come to room temperature before serving.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (balsamic, sherry, or red wine)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • Optional: lettuce leaves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a small bowl, prepare the marinade by combining the chopped onion with the vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk in the oil and set aside while you prepare the asparagus.

  3. Bring about 2 inches of water to a boil in a skillet large enough to lay asparagus flat. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  4. While the water is coming to a boil, wash the asparagus in cold water. Break off the tough base of each. Remove scales if they are large or sandy.

  5. Place the spears in the boiling water. Let the water return to a boil, then simmer the asparagus gently for 5 to 7 minutes. Asparagus should be slightly crisp.

  6. Drain and place the asparagus in the dish you plan to marinate them in—an oval-shaped dish works best.

  7. Whisk the marinade and pour over warm asparagus. Allow it to marinate at room temperature until cool, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

  8. Remove asparagus from the refrigerator and return to room temperature before serving. Serve as is or, if desired, place lettuce leaves on five to six plates and top with the marinated spears.

Tip

  • Asparagus can quickly become overcooked so try preparing this recipe with asparagus that have been cleaned, trimmed, and blanched for 1 minute only but not fully cooked. Remove them from the water with tongs or a wire wok skimmer and immediately plunge them into ice water to stop the cooking process. Combine them with the marinade and refrigerate.

Recipe Variations

  • Asparagus, the darling of springtime, has a unique, mild flavor that can be paired with most foods. Try combining the marinated asparagus with a protein of your choice; chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, and crab all work well for a main-course salad. Hard-cooked egg slices with asparagus is a popular combination, particularly in spring. After you have plated the spears on a bed of lettuce, add egg slices or wedges and a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper.
  • Or, instead of serving marinated asparagus on a bed of lettuce, cut the spears into bite-size pieces and combine them with Asian rice noodles or cooked ramen noodles. Also, consider adding kalamata olives and julienned multicolored bell peppers to the marinade for an interesting and colorful spin.