Asparagus with Toasted Pine Nuts & Lemon Vinaigrette

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  • Snap off tough ends of asparagus.
  • Remove scales from stalks with knife or vegetable peeler, if desired.
  • Place spears in a steaming rack over boiling water; cover and steam 4-5 minutes or until spears are crisp-tender.
  • Transfer to a serving platter.
  • Sautee pine nuts in a small skillet over medium heat 2-3 minutes, until browned.
  • Set aside.
  • Combine olive oil and remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan; stir with a wire whisk to blend.
  • Cook over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring constantly.
  • Pour over asparagus.
  • Sprinkle with pine nuts.
  • Let stand to room temperature before serving.

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  1. Wonderful recipe. I made it last night to go with a roasted chicken. I served the vinaigrette hot over hot asparagus, even the aroma was great. I used 2 cloves of garlic.I steamed the asparagus for about 4 minutes and they were thick stems (I like my asparagus still crisp). I am so glad I checked before posting the recipe - I picked up the identical one from the internet and was all excited about sharing it and here it was already posted. This is a really good way to serve asparagus.
  2. My whole family just loves this recipe and we are having it again for easter. Sharon cant chef in the house
  3. I have made this recipe several times starting last Easter (2001). It is wonderful. Very easy to make.
  4. Easy and quick recipe. I substituted Sunflower Seeds for the Pine Nuts and it was very tasty.
  5. I tried this tonight and thought it waa excellent.I do not have a steamer,so I just cooked the asparagus in salted water for about 5 minutes, then drained it and put the vinaigrette on it. It cooked so fast I was glad to serve it at room temperature.


  1. Easy and quick recipe. I substituted Sunflower Seeds for the Pine Nuts and it was very tasty.


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