Chilled Asparagus with Mustard Herb Vinaigrette

The early asparagus is often the most tender and tasty – perfect for this quick and delicious recipe. Asparagus should be available at market soon!

2 pounds asparagus
2 tablespoons white wine or cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon chopped flat leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon chopped tarragon leaves
Salt and pepper as needed
Dash of onion powder
Dash of garlic powder
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Mustard Herb Vinaigrette
1. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, parsley, tarragon, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder until blended.
2. Add the oil to the vinegar mixture in a thin stream, whisking constantly. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Asparagus Preparation
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil.
2. Trim the asparagus to remove the white, fibrous ends. Cut the asparagus into 2-inch pieces on the diagonal.
3. Add the asparagus to the boiling water and cook until the spears are bright green and just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. (If necessary, cook the asparagus in batches.) Remove from water and place in refrigerator to chill or drain the asparagus in a colander and rinse with cold water until the asparagus is chilled. The asparagus is ready to dress and serve now, or it can be held in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours.
4. Toss the chilled asparagus with the vinaigrette or pass it separately on the side. Serve immediately on a chilled platter or plates.

Credit: The Culinary Institute of America

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