Saturday, June 6, 2009

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette

To go with the fabulous and oh so rich Pork Belly we decided to simple and easy on a side dish. The boy's parents had some beautiful asparagus that we decided to grill up. Rather than worry about keeping them hot I decided to do a salad treatment with a delicious lemon vinaigrette. They were the perfect foil to the pork belly and something I anticipate making all summer long.

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette

1 bunch of asparagus
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper

1 scallion - chopped (whites and greens)
2 tsps lemon zest
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper

1. Preheat grill to medium/medium-low (approx 300F). Gently bend asparagus stalks towards the bottom until they snap, discard the bottoms and rinse the tops. Toss with olive oil, salt & pepper. Lay on the heated grill and cook for approximately 10 minutes, turning as the asparagus browns.
2. Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients, except the Parmesan and pour over top of the asparagus. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and let cool to room temperature before serving.

This is a perfectly easy summer dish that really showcases the flavor of the asparagus and is bright and fresh all at the same time. Enjoy!

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