Photo: John Autry; Styling: Mindi Shapiro
Total Time
30 Mins
6 servings (serving size: about 4 asparagus spears and about 2 teaspoons vinaigrette)

If you're grilling your main dish for dinner, go ahead and grill the vegetable side dish, too.  Grilling adds flavor to the asparagus, as does the tangy caper vinaigrette that's drizzled over the spears.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Step 2

Place asparagus in a shallow dish. Add 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt, tossing well to coat. Place asparagus on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes or until crisp-tender, turning after 2 minutes.

Step 3

Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, vinegar, and next 3 ingredients (through garlic); stir with a whisk. Slowly pour remaining 2 tablespoons oil into vinegar mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in capers. Arrange asparagus on a serving platter; drizzle with vinaigrette, and sprinkle with basil.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

TBardallis's Review

March 11, 2014
Just made this tonight for the first time and it was fabulous! I think I will always make it this way in the future! Thanks to the reviewer that suggested that you could also do this in the oven and that you could use dried basil for the vinaigrette. Both worked out perfectly!

Preciosa02's Review

May 27, 2014
They are yummiest yummi

mcsilvia's Review

April 01, 2014
Very nice recipe. I took the easy way out and just drizzled a lemon infused olive oil over the grilled asparagus.

MommaLT's Review

March 09, 2014

Ericar1477's Review

May 06, 2013
Very good and easy to make! I followed the recipe exactly. Great for a side at a family dinner, will definitely be making this again soon.

CherylTaylor's Review

April 21, 2013
Fantastic, this is great for everyday and for entertaining too!

KerryNel's Review

May 11, 2012

jimwilkins's Review

April 02, 2012
This makes asparagus taste great. What more can I say?

Dakline's Review

April 01, 2012

jds317's Review

July 21, 2011
My husband and I eat a lot of asparagus and this is our favorite recipe! You can't go wrong with it. I've grilled the asparagus, but this is also yummy if you cook the asparagus on the stove or in the oven. Sometimes I add the garlic to the asparagus while it's cooking. If I don't have fresh basil I'll either add dried to the vinaigrette, or add dried to the asparagus while it's cooking, or leave it out. It's good any way. I've taken it to dinner parties and it's been a hit there. I highly recommend this one!