Zesty Marinated Asparagus


Tender asparagus is marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette and sprinkled with tangy lemon zest and fresh parsley. This is a quick and easy side dish.

Cooked and marinated asparagus on a platter with lemon slices
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
4 servings


  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1 ½ cups balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch asparagus just until tender, about 1 minute. Plunge into a bowl of cold water to cool. Drain asparagus and place in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour in vinaigrette and seal bag. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, turning bag occasionally.

  2. Just before serving, drain asparagus, reserving vinaigrette. Arrange on a serving platter and sprinkle with lemon zest, parsley, salt, and pepper. Serve reserved vinaigrette in a small dish on the side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
28g Fat
18g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Sodium 1783mg 78%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 22mg 111%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 483mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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