Asparagus w/ Mustard Vinaigrette

By The Culinary Institute of America
If you have a choice at the market, opt for larger asparagus. It has a richer, more satisfying flavor than very slender asparagus.

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Side Dishes

Serves: 8
Cups of Fruits & Vegetables per Serving:
Think Variety; Think Color: White


2 lb asparagus

Mustard Herb Vinaigrette:
2 tbsp white wine or cider vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp chopped flat leaf parsley
1/2 tsp chopped tarragon leaves
Salt and pepper as needed
Dash of onion powder
Dash of garlic powder
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil.

2. Trim the asparagus to remove the white, fibrous ends. Cut the asparagus into 2-inch pieces on the diagonal.

3. Add the asparagus to the boiling water and cook until the spears are bright green and just tender, 4-5 minutes. (If necessary, cook the asparagus in batches.) Drain the asparagus in a colander and rinse with cold water until the asparagus is chilled. The asparagus is ready to dress and serve now, or it can be held in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours.

4. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, parsley, tarragon, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder until blended. Add the oil to the vinegar mixture in a thin stream, whisking constantly. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.

5. Toss the chilled asparagus with the vinaigrette or pass it separately on the side. Serve immediately on a chilled platter or plates.

Nutritional Information

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  • Recipe Credit
  • Recipe developed by The Culinary Institute of America



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