With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Zesty Marinated Asparagus

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Zesty Marinated Asparagus

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.

6 comments:

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Yum!!! I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

C and C said...

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!

crochet lady said...

I usually eat asparagus warm, I'll have to try that.

Michele said...

I almost always tweak recipes too. (o:

I don't really care for asparagus but you sure made it look good with your *lovely* picture.

Blessings,
Michele

Miss Jen said...

Ummmm..... this is fabulous, Mrs.H! !! ;)
My family loves asparagus.... and this looks
SO yummy! Thank you for sharing!!!

Many Blessings~ Jenny

Snippety Gibbet said...

I may have to try that one. We love asparagus in this house, but my repertoire is rather limited.

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