Grilled Asparagus with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

by formerchef on April 13, 2010

Asparagus and Blood Orange Vinaigrette

This fast and easy recipe exemplifies “spring” to me. There’s no story behind it, just a classic combination of fresh spring asparagus and sweet blood oranges. The flavors compliment each other and the colors are beautiful together on the plate.

If you’re not familiar with blood oranges they have a dark red color and taste almost like berries mixed with oranges. Sweeter than the typical orange, they are commonly found in the Southern Mediterranean, but it’s not uncommon to find them in the markets here in California. If you want, you can steam the asparagus but grilling it gives a slightly charred taste which balances well with the acidity of the vinaigrette and the sweetness in the blood oranges.

Before you start, get your grill ready or use a grill pan like this one; All-Clad 11-Inch Square Grill Pan. I don’t want to debate the merits of charcoal vs gas, so let’s just leave it at this; I love my gas grill for its ease of use, the grill pan is wonderful if you’re in a hurry or the weather is bad, and nothing compares to the taste of meat grilled over charcoal or wood.

Blood Oranges

Grilled Asparagus with Blood Orange Vinaigrette
Printable Recipe in PDF

1 bunch of asparagus (about 1 pound)
2 tsp plus 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 blood oranges
1 shallot, sliced thin
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
salt and pepper

  1. Grill the Asparagus:
    Trim the tough ends off the bottom of the asparagus (about 2″). Toss the asparagus in a bowl with the 2 tsp of olive oil. Grill over moderate heat about 3-4 minutes on each side. The asparagus should be slightly charred and tender-crisp when done. Remove from the heat and put on a plate. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Prep the oranges:
    Cut one of the blood oranges in half and squeeze the juice into a small bowl. Using a sharp paring knife, cut the skin and the white pith off the remaining two oranges. Cut in between the membranes of each segment to remove them from the orange. Do this over the bowl with the juice to capture any excess juice. After removing the segments squeeze what’s left of the orange to get all the juice out. Blood Oranges
  3. Make the vinaigrette:
    In another bowl, whisk together the shallots, wine vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Gently stir in the blood orange juice and segments. Spoon the vinaigrette over the grilled asparagus. This dish can be served warm, or at room temperature.

Grilled Asparagus and Blood Orange Vinaigrette

1 Vivian April 13, 2010 at 7:06 am

Seriously craving blood oranges now! Looks fabulous!

2 Kristi Rimkus April 13, 2010 at 7:10 am

I don’t have blood oranges on hand, but I have sweet mandarin oranges. I’m going to give this a try with my chicken tonight. Colorful dishes are a favorite for me!

3 formerchef April 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I think it will be great with mandarin oranges too!

4 Akila April 14, 2010 at 9:42 am

Those blood oranges are simply stunning. Love the combination – I am going to have to try this soon.

5 Nicole April 17, 2010 at 9:33 am

What a great way to use blood oranges!

6 MeatHub Inc. December 21, 2010 at 8:46 am

This asparagus with blood orange vinaigrette sounds awesome! 😀

7 Shannon April 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Hi, this recipe looks great, I’m definitely going to make it!
Also, is it alright if I use this recipe on a farmers market newsletter I am making; I will give you all credit, of course!

8 formerchef April 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Yes, you cam use the recipe as long as you link to it on the blog. Thanks!

9 Blood Orange Vinegar January 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Yum! Any excuse to use blood oranges is a good one!

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