Grilled Asparagus With Crispy Bacon Vinaigrette

Bacon brings perfection every time!

Grilled Asparagus With Crispy Bacon Vinaigrette
2 pounds Medium asparagus, woody ends trimmed
4 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 slices Thick-cut bacon, chopped
2 Small shallots, very thinly sliced into rounds and rings separated
3 tablespoons White wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Honey
2 tablespoons Chopped toasted almonds
1 tablespoons Chopped parsley
Lemon, for zesting

Preheat a grill or indoor grill pan over medium-high heat.

Place the asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.

Grill the asparagus until lightly charred and just tender, flipping halfway through, 5 to 7 minutes. Arrange the asparagus on a platter.

Drizzle a little olive oil in a medium skillet and add the bacon. Cook over medium heat until lightly browned and crispy at the edges, about 6 minutes.

Add the shallots and continue cooking until the shallots are browned, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Remove the bacon and shallots to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon, leaving as much of the fat in the skillet. It’s ok if there are some small bits of shallots left in the skillet.

Remove the skillet from heat and whisk in the vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and honey. Add a big pinch of salt and some freshly ground pepper, then whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Spoon the dressing over the asparagus on the platter. Top with the reserved bacon and shallots, almonds, and parsley. Finely grate some lemon zest on top.

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When choosing a side for any dinner, there are a few favorites that comes to mind: mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, or beautiful green veggies. But what if you could bring something new to the table? With bacon, toasted almonds, and chopped parsley, this crispy asparagus is a wonderful partner to any entrée for Easter, Memorial Day, or any holiday.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes