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Asparagus With Citrus Sauce

Prep time 10 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Steam time 7 mins
Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings
This flavorful appetizer is a great addition to any buffet. You can trim last-minute prep time by making the sauce, cooking the asparagus, and refrigerating them in a serving dish the day before you're planning to serve.


  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or light sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • Garnish: chopped fresh chives

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 8 ingredients. Cover citrus sauce, and chill 1 hour.

  2. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus; remove scales with a vegetable peeler, if desired.

  3. Fill an asparagus steamer with 2 inches water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Place asparagus, cut ends down, in steamer basket; place basket in steamer, cover, and steam 6 to 7 minutes or just until asparagus spears are tender.

  4. Plunge asparagus into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.

  5. Arrange asparagus spears on serving platter. Garnish citrus sauce, if desired, and serve with asparagus.