Easy and quick recipe for grilled asparagus with parsley lemon sauce. This grilled asparagus dish makes a great appetizer or side dish.
We’re having a very long spring here in the Pacific Northwest -at least in the Seattle area. Which means that, while I’m still waiting for that fresh local corn, there is still plenty of other good things at the market. For example, there is a ton of asparagus, which (thankfully)my kids love and will eat non-stop. However, I still have to find different ways to prepare it, or at least a different sauce to serve with the asparagus, so that it doesn’t get too boring for them.
Another good thing or place we have in Seattle is a Basque restaurant called Harvest Vine. Back in April I had some of their grilled asparagus and it was just perfect, very simple, but sooooooo good. On the plate with the grilled asparagus there were these tiny drops of a bright green sauce, which from the taste had to be made with parsley, lemon juice, maybe a little olive oil. The parsley sauce was great, the only problem (for me) was that there wasn’t enough. I love sauces and think people should be generous with sauce (I guess I could have asked for more but I didn’t).
So just like when you have a crepe with Nutella at a restaurant, and they give you a tiny bit of Nutella, and then when you get home and the first thing you do eat it directly from the jar by the spoonful. I decided to make my own version of that parsley sauce. Just so I could completely drench my grilled asparagus in it.
There was some sauce leftover from the asparagus, so we ate it with bread and finished every single drop. If I’m lazy/impatient or it’s cold outside, I will use a small electric grill to make the asparagus. If making it on the proper grill, then I recommend using a grill plate or platter to keep the asparagus from falling into the grill, plus it makes it easier to turn them. This grilled asparagus with parsley sauce can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish. The parsley lemon sauce also goes great with other grilled vegetables.
Grilled asparagus with parsley sauce
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
For the parsley lemon sauce:
- 1 cup parsley leaves
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 4-6 garlic cloves
- Salt to taste
- Toss the asparagus with the olive oil and salt, begin heating the grill.
- Blend the parsley leaves, garlic cloves, and lemon juice until completely pureed.
- Strain the parsley sauce and place the strained sauce in a jar with the olive oil and the salt, shake the jar until the sauce is well mixed, refrigerate until ready to use.
- Grill the asparagus until tender and serve drizzled (or drenched) with the parsley lemon sauce.