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Charred Purple Asparagus with Pinenut Vinaigrette

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Purple asparagus are much fatter than green asparagus, but much sweeter and more tender than regular asparagus. If you ain't a fan of green asparagus because of their earthiness or grassiness, then you might want to give it a second chance, and try some white or purple asparagus.
To retain the vibrant purple colour, it is best to enjoy purple asparagus RAW or cook them just until tender crisp, 1-2 minutes. Interestingly, adding ‘acidic’ dressings using lime or lemon juice, or white wine or apple cider vinegar helps intensify the beautiful crimson hue.

Pinenut Vinaigrette
  • 500-600 g Purple asparagus, washed and trimmed
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Chives, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp Pine nuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly milled black pepper
  1. Rinse the purple asparagusand and snap the woody ends off (if you bend them they will break at the right point) or cut an inch from the bottoms and discard.
  2. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Place purple asparagus in a large plate. Add in olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently mix to coat.
  3. Chargrill asparagus in two batches for 1-2 minutes. Don't cook too long or they will turn green( it’s still delicious and full of nutrients). Transfer to a serving plate.
  4. Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a jar with a lid and shake to combine. Pour the dressing over the asparagus. Garnish with chopped chives.

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eileeninmd 30/5/24 12:23

Looks yummy, I have never tried the Purple Asparagus. Take care, have a great day!

Javier 30/5/24 13:19

Purple asparagus? Your cooking is just fascinating!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 30/5/24 13:27

looks delicious and although not a fan of asparagus this looks very good!

Tom 30/5/24 14:33

...there are so many kinds of asparagus and so many artful ways to enjoy it.

My name is Erika. 30/5/24 14:45

I've never seen purple asparagus but along with your design, it looks gorgeous. I bet it tastes good too. :)

Anonymous 30/5/24 15:44

Yummy -Christine

DEZMOND 30/5/24 17:28

Chives flowers are always so lovely, I have them in my garden.

speedy70 30/5/24 19:40

Mi piacciono molto questi asparagi, molto delicati al gusto!

JoAnna 30/5/24 19:48

These purple asparagus are very appetizing.

Granny Sue 30/5/24 20:50

That is good information about adding something acidic. We planted purple asparagus last year, so won't be able to harvest until 2026, but I will have to remember this post!

Brian's Home Blog 31/5/24 01:00

I do like asparagus and I look forward to trying the purple variety!

roentare 31/5/24 02:21

That is the perfect vagan food

tigerfish 31/5/24 02:30

Wish I could have easy access to purple asparagus over here.

Citu 31/5/24 03:20

Gracias por la receta.. Amo los espárragos. Te mando un beso.

Margaret D 31/5/24 06:32

Never seen purple asparagus.

David M. Gascoigne, 31/5/24 13:10

If I lived with you, every day would be culinary excitement!

Chef Mimi 31/5/24 14:36

I’m not getting your posts again! Sheesh! this is a fabulous recipe. Love the touch of sweet.

Julia y sus recetas 31/5/24 15:10

Que buenos se ve!! No cocnocía los espárragos morados.

Pam 31/5/24 18:32

I've never tried purple asparagus. The dish looks and sounds tasty.

DeniseinVA 31/5/24 21:11

I had no idea there was purple asparagus! Such a delicious dish and so pretty with the dressing.

Lowcarb team member 1/6/24 00:31

Not always easy to get purple asparagus, but this looks great.

All the best Jan

Pattie 1/6/24 16:19

I am crazy about asparagus. I had an asparagus omelet yesterday that was MARVELOUS. I made purple asparagus earlier in the week, but it seemed to lose much of its color.

Eva Taylor 2/6/24 14:17

I have never seen purple asparagus, but now I can’t get them out of my head! They are beautiful. This salad sounds wonderful.

Ben | Havocinthekitchen 2/6/24 23:56

Another stunning and ultra elegant appetizer, and this pinenut vinaigrette is such a smart idea!

[Reply] 3/6/24 14:41

The pinenut vinaigette sounds amazing!

Anonymous 4/6/24 17:51

We usually get purple asparagus in our market, but I haven’t seen any yet this year. I love it for its color! And with this vinaigrette? I bet it’s perfect. David (C&L)

Raymund | 6/6/24 03:06

The combination of the nutty vinaigrette and the chargrilled asparagus is just perfect,a nd that colour. Can't wait to give it a go!


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