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Barely-Cooked Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette

This Barely-Cooked Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette is simple to make and bursting with flavor, and this amazing asparagus is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, Whole 30, Paleo, and South Beach Diet friendly, so enjoy! Use Asparagus Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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This easy recipe for Barely Cooked Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette was part of an asparagus binge I got started on after I made this sheet pan meal with salmon and asparagus. I guess if you’re going to binge on a certain food, eating a lot of asparagus is not all bad, wouldn’t you agree? And there are so many ways to make asparagus taste amazing with little effort, that when I see asparagus start to appear in the market every spring, I usually can’t resist buying some!

Barely Cooked Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette recipe came from a cookbook by Jack Bishop called Vegetables Every Day; a book that’s one of my favorite sources for vegetable recipes.  In this book I’ve found so many interesting vegetable recipes like Carrot and parsley Salad, Parmesan Encrusted Zucchini, and Roasted Radishes with Soy Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seed.

If you’re growing vegetables and might like a good book to help with ideas for cooking cooking them, I heartily recommend Vegetables Every Day.  (That’s an affiliate link.)

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To trim asparagus, first take hold of a piece with both hands and break it. You can tell where the woody part of the stem starts by where the piece breaks. Then trim all the other pieces to that length.  I like to cut asparagus on the diagonal, but it’s not necessary. For this recipe cut the asparagus pieces in half again so each stalk makes 2 pieces about 3-4 inches long.

The recipe calls for 1 1/2 pound of asparagus (about 18-20 oz. after trimming) but this was good the next day, so you might want to double it. Bring 2 quarts of lightly salted water to a boil, add asparagus and cook 2-3 minutes (no longer!)  Asparagus should be barely tender-crisp.

While asparagus cooks, mix together fresh-squeezed lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and salt and fresh ground black pepper, then whisk in the olive oil to make the vinaigrette. When time is up, put the asparagus in a colander and let it drain  1-2 minutes so the water has run off.  (Some recipes plunge the asparagus into cold water to stop the cooking, but I like to cook it a minute or so less and not cool it down, because I want it to still be very hot when it’s served.) After the asparagus has drained well, you might want to spread out some paper towels on your cutting board, add the asparagus, and blot dry with paper towels.

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Arrange the asparagus on a serving dish and drizzle the lemon-mustard vinaigrette over.  Serve hot.  (This was also good after it has been in the fridge overnight, both heated for a few minutes in a hot pan or served cold in a salad.)

Make it a Meal:

Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette would be great as a side dish for a low-carb meal with something like Pork with Paprika, Mushrooms, and Sour CreamGrilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar, or Quick and Easy Spicy Broiled Shrimp.

More Ideas that Might Make you Binge on Asparagus:

Asparagus Avocado Salad from Oh Sweet Basil
Roasted Asparagus with Garlic from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Asparagus with Fried Egg and Parmesan from Steamy Kitchen
Roasted Asparagus with Creamy Tahini-Peanut Dipping Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Asparagus, Bacon, Corn, and Sweet Potato Skillet from Barefeet in the Kitchen

Barely-Cooked Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette

This Barely-Cooked Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette is simple to make and bursting with flavor!



  • 1 1/2 lb. fresh asparagus stalks, ends trimmed and cut into two pieces
  • 2 quarts water + 1 tsp. salt to cook asparagus

Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice, or slightly less if you’re not that into lemon
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste)
  • 3 T extra-virgin olive oil (use good quality olive oil for this)


  1. Fill a large pot with 2 quarts of water, add 1 tsp. salt and bring to a boil.
  2. Hold a piece of asparagus in both hands and snap to see where the end breaks off.  (This tells where the woody part of the stalk begins.)
  3. Trim all asparagus pieces to this length, cutting on the diagonal, then cut again so each stalk is cut into two pieces about 3-4 inches long.
  4. In a small glass measuring cup or bowl mix together the lemon juice (I used my frozen fresh lemon juice), Dijon mustard, salt, and fresh ground black pepper, then whisk in the olive oil.  (I used a little less oil to make the dressing slightly more lemony.  If you’re not that into lemon you might want a little less lemon juice.)
  5. Put trimmed asparagus into the boiling water, stir, and cook for 2-3 minutes.  (Use a timer to be sure you don’t cook it longer than that.  You want the asparagus to be slightly tender-crisp when it’s taken off the heat.)
  6. Drain asparagus into a colander placed in the sink and let sit for 1-2 minutes, until all the water has run off.
  7. Then put a layer of paper towels on a large cutting board, put asparagus on top of towels and blot dry.
  8. Arrange the asparagus piece on a serving tray, drizzle lemon-Dijon vinaigrette over, and serve.


This is also good after it’s been in the fridge overnight.  It can be reheated quickly in a hot frying pan or just served cold in a salad.

Recipe adapted slightly from Vegetables Every Day.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Barely-Cooked Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette is a perfect vegetable dish for pretty much any eating plan, including low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, and the South Beach Diet. The South Beach Diet encourages eating at least 2 cups of vegetables per day, and asparagus is one of those wonderfully low-glycemic vegetables that’s allowed for any phase of the diet.

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26 comments on “Barely-Cooked Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette”

  1. Pingback: 79 Low Carb Keto Vegetable Side Dish Recipes - My Productive Backyard

  2. I adore asparagus and this looks wonderful! I've always loved your recipes.

  3. This asparagus looks great, Kalyn! Thanks for including my recipe too.

  4. Wanda, I have that problem too!

  5. Just bought great looking asparagus at Harmon's. I just may eat the whole thing…ha,ha. Sounds delicious. I just now clicked on the link for the Vegetable book and bought it on Amazon. My habit of distraction compelled me to buy 5 other books! Could not resist.

  6. Thanks Katie; so glad you like it!

  7. Great pictures today Kalyn. These stalks are so vibrant! I agree 3 minutes is all asparagus needs. Especially if it is really fresh. Great recipe!

  8. that asparagus looks so fresh! i love the way you cooked it – without a heavy sauce… it's a perfect recipe for summer

  9. Great recipe, I love Asparagus.

  10. Leaf, Tobias, and Jenn, thanks! Jenn, this is great cold, right out of the fridge (and how would I know that? Well you can guess the answer.)

  11. I've been trying to watch my weight for quite some time now, and since then I am always looking for recipes that could replace my snacking on doritos on midnight, and well, I can only take so much carrots in a week. 🙂 This looks great and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Lately I tend to steam the asparagus. That makes it stay crisp and with a bite.

  13. I love a good asparagus dish. This sounds simple and lovely.

  14. Marie, love that idea of Asparagus Guacamole. Asparagus and avocado sounds like a match made in heaven to me!

  15. This looks amazing! I love asparagus too, particularly grilled…

    OH! And I do have to share this ridiculous-sounding but amazing asparagus recipe I found somewhere last week, when I had a bunch that wasn't quite so fresh anymore…

    Asparagus Guacamole!

    Steam asparagus until tender, blend to chunky with some salsa, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, etc. (your favorite salsa/guac fixins) and refrigerate. It was AMAZING. And SB-friendly 🙂

    No idea where the recipe came from, but a quick Google search comes up with a dozen different sources.

  16. Maris, me too. I never get tired of it.

    Joanne, I just can't recommend that book enough. I've used it over and over.

    Val, me too!

  17. Asparagus season is here and I am so excited!

  18. Of all the things to binge on, I think asparagus has to be one of the best! This recipe sounds delicious! I really need that cookbook in my life!

  19. Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables and recipes like this are why. Delicious!

  20. Lydia, I love asparagus all those ways too!

    Pam, it's a fantastic book. I heard about it from another food blogger who's no longer blogging.

    MIZZ, hope you enjoy!

    CJ, me too!

  21. This dish sings spring to me!

  22. Gosh.. this look so simple and yet delicious… I need to try this recipe

  23. That cookbook sounds good…hmmm….maybe I need another one!

  24. I love asparagus raw or nearly raw (I also love it grilled, roasted, steamed… well, just about any old way!), so this recipe is going on my list to try right away.

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