Grilled Asparagus with Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette

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Last updated July 15, 2018

Finally, a side dish exquisite enough for a holiday meal, yet one easy enough to make on a Monday. This grilled asparagus with lemon-caper vinaigrette is ready in just 15 minutes.

oval shaped copper dish with grilled asparagus inside with jar of capers in top left

Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. I enjoy the texture, the meatiness and the bright freshness.

Grilling the veggies brings out their vibrant color and keeps them crisp. But cooking the thin stalks on a grill can be a little tricky because they can slip through the grates.

I recommend using a vegetable basket or GrillGrates. Both are more solid than a standard grate with thin holes or slits that allow the heat through.

asparagus stalks on a grill

After grilling for about 4-5 minutes. You’ll toss these beauties in an easy-to-whisk-up lemon-caper vinaigrette. It’s a simple sauce with classic Italian flavors.

If you’ve never had a caper before, it’s about the size of a peppercorn, but it’s actually a small flower bud that is soaked in a brine. When you bite into the capers, they add a subtle pop of saltiness that is balanced with the lemon, garlic and olive oil. The vinaigrette can be made in advance and stored in the fridge.

oval shaped copper dish with grilled asparagus inside with jar of capers in top left

Asparagus, while beautiful, is always a little clumsy to eat, if the stalks are left whole. For this recipe, cut the grilled asparagus into two-inch pieces. That way your dinner guests won’t have to struggle with a knife to enjoy their veggies. Save that for the meat.

oval shaped copper dish with grilled asparagus inside with jar of capers in top left

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: asparagus, grilled
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 100 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover

Finally, a side dish exquisite enough for a holiday meal, yet one easy enough to make on a Monday. This grilled asparagus with lemon-caper vinaigrette is ready in just 15 minutes.

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Ingredients

Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette

  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Grilled Asparagus

  • 2 bunches asparagus
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Garnish

  • fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette

  1. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, capers, mustard and garlic. Whisk in the olive oil, until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.

Grilled Asparagus

  1. Cut off the bottom one-inch of each stalk and discard. Toss the remaining part of the stalk in olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes, until charred.

  2. Remove from the grill, and cut into 2-inch pieces.

  3. Toss in a bowl with the lemon-caper vinaigrette. Top with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Asparagus with Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 184mg 8%
Potassium 234mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 17.1%
Vitamin C 10.5%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 13.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
By |2018-07-15T10:10:26+00:00March 18, 2018|

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