Green asparagus and vinaigrette

Green asparagus and vinaigrette recipe

Asparagus season has come :-) I love that time of the year when in season fruits and vegetables’ list starts growing. Here is a simple recipe to enjoy green asparagus with little cooking to make. You can serve them as a starter but it will also make a perfect side dish for fish. We had them with salmon, it came out great.

Preparation time: 20 mn

Ingredients (for 3 to 4 servings)

2.2 lbs (1 kg) of fresh green asparagus
6 or 7 basil leaves
1 non-treated lemon
1 teaspoon of capers
6 tablespoons of olive oil
4 tablespoons of balsamiq vinegar
Salt & pepper


1/ Take water to a boil in a large pan.

2/ Clean asparagus. Peel the last third on the opposite side of the head and cut the hard end off.

3/ When water is boiling, add asparagus and leave for 8 to 10 minutes.

4/ Clean lemon and grate zest.

5/ Rinse and chop basil.

6/ Prepare vinaigrette in a bowl by mixing (in that order) salt, vinegar, oil, and pepper. Stir energetically.

7/ When asparagus are tender, take them off water and lay them next to each other in a plate.

8/ Top asparagus with capers, chopped basil, lemon zest and a pinch of salt.

9/ Serve right away.

9 thoughts on “Green asparagus and vinaigrette

  1. 04/15/2009 at 1:33 AM

    C’est parfait pour le printemps. :)

  2. 04/15/2009 at 10:46 AM

    MMMMMM…Perfect combination of fresh flavours!! I adore it’s simplicity!

  3. 04/15/2009 at 4:39 PM

    Yum! I love asparagus and now I just have to go out and buy some. This looks delicious!

  4. 04/20/2009 at 8:36 AM

    I’m super flattered :) I added you onto my blogroll too! I like how our concepts are similar… breaking down French food for any cook.

  5. 05/10/2009 at 4:10 PM

    Just love asparagus ..well presented and full of colour. :) xx

  6. 04/14/2010 at 12:20 AM

    I also love this season because of the abundance of asparagus! It’s always great with fish, chicken or just alone. This weekend I tried them with eggs. Thanks for sharing.

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