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Markets are filled with gorgeous fresh asparagus this month, and that means it’s time to fire up the grill and prepare the most delicious grilled spears your guests have ever tasted.
Grilling just might be the easiest and best way to cook this favorite spring vegetable. First, it’s incredibly easy. Second, the fabulous smoky flavor the grill imparts is the perfect complement to the grassy essence of asparagus. Also, it tastes just as good hot off the grill as it does at room temperature an hour later, making this dish a perfect choice for large gatherings or buffets.
Even better, this recipe is easy to double, triple or quadruple for a substantial crowd. It’s more a method than a recipe, so feel free to try out sauces and toppings of your own creation to enhance the flavor.
YOU WILL NEED
1 bunch fresh asparagus
1 teaspoon olive, canola, grapeseed or vegetable oil
Fine sea salt
Fresh lemon juice (optional)
STEP BY STEP
Early in asparagus season, this simple lemon-and-salt dressing is very satisfying since it highlights the flavor we’ve all been missing since last spring. Later in the season, you may want to serve it with an aioli, a French garlic-flavored mayonnaise, or Rouille, a red-pepper mayo from the South of France. A shallot or fresh herb vinaigrette is lighter and equally tasty options.
PRO TIP: Choose fat asparagus for grilling, as their meatiness works well and they are easier to turn on the grate. Contrary to what you’ve heard, thin asparagus isn’t any tenderer! Tenderness depends on growing conditions and how recently the vegetable was harvested. Fresh equals tender, so seek out spears that are firm, well-hydrated, with compact heads and vibrant green color. Enjoy!
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