A delicious recipe for lemon balsamic grilled asparagus that makes a quick and easy healthy side dish for your next gathering.
This Lemon Balsamic Grilled Asparagus might be the best asparagus you'll ever eat!! I know that's a large claim, but the lemon white balsamic vinegar used to marinate the asparagus is heavenly!
I purchased this white balsamic vinegar while on vacation in Savannah, GA at Lowcountry Gourmet Foods. They have a wonderful selection of balsamic vinegar and olive oil that you can sample in the store. If you can't find lemon balsamic, just use a very good quality white balsamic vinegar for this recipe.
Good balsamic vinegar is like a fine wine. The longer it's aged, the smoother it tastes. Grape pressings are boiled down to a thick syrup and aged in wooden barrels along with the vinegar "mother". Most of the vinegar that I sampled at Lowcountry Gourmet Foods was so good that I could drink it. I can't wait to pour it on my salads for a healthy and delicious dressing.
Another product that I picked up while shopping was Lime Frost Sea Salt from The Spice and Tea Exchange. It took this recipe to the next level, but again, you can substitute regular sea salt here (still delicious!)
Carrie from Carrie's Experimental Kitchen posted a few delicious recipes for the Lime Frost Sea Salt and I just had to try it for myself. I love experimenting with exotic sea salts and different spice blends in my recipes. They add so much flavor!! Enjoy~
How To Make Lemon Balsamic Grilled Asparagus
Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl with a whisk. Set aside.
Wash asparagus and trim about 1" off the thick end. Place into a 9x13 dish and pour marinade on top. Refrigerate for at least an hour to mingle flavors.
Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, checking frequently so you don't overcook them. They should be tender but still, have a slight crunch. Pour leftover marinade through a fine strainer to remove bits of raw garlic and drizzle over asparagus before serving. Delish!
Lemon Balsamic Grilled Asparagus
- 2 lbs medium size asparagus large enough stalks to place on grill without falling through, plus the thicker asparagus hold up better when grilling
- For the Marinade:
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoon gourmet lemon white balsamic vinegar or regular good-quality white balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon lime frost sea salt or regular coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon or lime zest
- fresh ground pepper to taste
- Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl with a whisk. Set aside.
- Wash asparagus and trim about 1″ off the thick end. Place into a 9×13 dish and pour marinade on top. Refrigerate for at least an hour to mingle flavors.
- Preheat grill and turn heat to medium. Place asparagus directly onto the grill rack. Reserve marinade.
- Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, checking frequently so you don’t overcook them. They should be tender but still have a slight crunch. Pour leftover marinade through a fine strainer to remove bits of raw garlic and drizzle over asparagus before serving.