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Grilled Rack of California Asparagus

Grilled Rack of California Asparagus

This is an impressive and easy way to show off your grill techniques with a fun presentation.



  • 1 pound fresh California asparagus

For the vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon sweet mustard
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs, your choice, chopped
  • 6-Inch wooden bamboo skewers
  • 8-10 chopped fresh herbs, for garnish
  • lemon zest, for garnish


  1. Asparagus: In a pot of boiling salted water, blanche the asparagus for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. On a cutting board divide the bunch of asparagus into servings of 6 to 7 spears. Line up the servings in a row. Run one skewer 2 inches from the top and a second skewer 2 inches from the bottom through all the spears to create a horizontal rack.
  3. For the vinaigrette: Put all the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake well.
  4. To grill asparagus: Brush racks liberally with vinaigrette to coat well. Grill racks over a medium-high heat barbecue or grill pan for 2-3 minutes on each side until tender.
  5. Serve with extra vinaigrette. Top with chopped fresh herbs and lemon zest.

Serves 3 to 5.

Recipe and photo credit: California Asparagus Commission


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