Lemon Tarragon Asparagus

By Alexandra Caspero on May 2, 2013

So this past weekend was the  Stockton Asparagus Festival. Did you go?

When I first moved to Stockton, 6 years (!) ago, I remember googling the city from the East Coast trying to decide if this was the job move from me.

The claim to fame in lil old Stockton? (Besides #1 in auto thefts & a crumbling housing market?)
…An annual Asparagus Festival! Ah, if only I wasn’t so blinded by food. DK-2-11
While I have since high-tailed it out of Stockton, I am happy that I ended up making the decision to live there for a period of time. Besides being able to meet my darling, BL, I also enjoy eating my body weight in Asparagus every April.

Thank goodness Sacramento isn’t that far away.  DK-1856
While I’ve never actually been to the Asparagus festival, I like to imagine that this is the kind of dish I would make there.

Lightly steamed, dressed in a light lemon-tarragon dressing. I’ll skip the festivities and enjoy this in the comfort of my own home. lemon tarragon asparagusPerfect as a side, or as a light lunch or dinner. The below photo is about how many spears were left after I finished taking my photos. A bite here, a bite there… whoops. Thank goodness for the rule of thirds 😉 DK-1854

What’s your favorite way of eating Asparagus? Looking for a a little more indulgent way to enjoy this green vegetable? Why not try my Spring Asparagus tart?

Lemon Tarragon Asparagus

1 lb. asparagus
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
2 tsp. chopped tarragon
1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. minced garlic

Steam the asparagus until just tender. You want a little bite left.

Whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, dijon mustard. Add the olive oil and whisk until smooth. Stir in the tarragon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Drizzle over the steamed asparagus.

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    1. richa
      May 7, 2013 AT 10:12 am

      oh i dont particularly like asparagus roasted.. now why havent i steamed them before.. fantastic with the lemony dressing.

      1. DK
        May 7, 2013 AT 11:24 am

        Thanks Richa! It’s such an easy recipe, I kinda feel bad posting it but it is so, so good! The lemon dressing is fantastic on vegetables throughout the week!

    2. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker
      May 5, 2013 AT 9:19 pm

      One of my favorite veggies! I like’em in my risotto, stir fry or in soups! 🙂 This is a great way of cooking asparagus. Will be giving this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

    3. Hannah
      May 3, 2013 AT 6:32 pm

      Asparagus festival? Oh, that sounds like the most awesome party ever! I adore asparagus and go crazy for it while it’s in season. I wish I could eat it every day- It’s one of my favorite vegetables. Your simple and clean recipe sounds like the perfect approach to let the flavors shine.

    4. Annie
      May 3, 2013 AT 10:34 am

      Asparagus is yet another reason to love spring! I usually either steam or roast mine. Either way would be wonderful topped with your dressing.