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Asparagus with Mustard Sauce

Updated February 23, 2016
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Tender asparagus spears are served cold with a simple dressing

The cooked asparagus and dressing can be refrigerated several hours in advance.

Makes4 servings

Preparation Time15 min

Preparation Time - Text15 mins

Cooking Time3 min

Cooking Time - Text4

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionBuffet

Recipe Courseantipasto/mezze, side dish, vegetable

Dietary Considerationvegetarian

Mealbrunch, dinner

Taste and Texturecreamy, crunchy, herby, light, sharp, tangy

Type of Dishvegetable

Ingredients

  • 1½ lbs (675g) asparagus
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 tsp finely chopped tarragon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus. Peel the lower half of each asparagus with a vegetable peeler. Fill a large frying pan with enough water to come ½ in (1½ cm) up the sides and bring to a simmer. Add the asparagus. Cover, and cook 3–4 minutes, or until just tender. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels. Refrigerate while making the sauce.

For the sauce, whisk the oil, vinegar, mustard, and tarragon together in a bowl. Whisk in the yogurt until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide the asparagus among salad plates. Top with the mustard sauce and sprinkle with the red onion. Serve immediately.

Variation:

Asparagus with Creamy Garlic Sauce: Combine ½ cup plain yogurt, 1 tbsp chopped chives,1 garlic clove, ½ tsp finely grated lemon zest, and a pinch of cayenne pepper in a bowl. Chill, covered, for at least 2 hours. Remove the garlic before serving.

Asparagus with Creamy Garlic Sauce: Combine ½ cup plain yogurt, 1 tbsp chopped chives,1 garlic clove, ½ tsp finely grated lemon zest, and a pinch of cayenne pepper in a bowl. Chill, covered, for at least 2 hours. Remove the garlic before serving.

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