Grilled asparagus with parmesan and olives, fresh and vibrant

Grilled asparagus with parmesan and olives, fresh and vibrant

By 28/03/2016

Yesterday after our big Easter meal, which was a vegetarian antipasto, radicchio and speck lasagna followed by lamb with roast potatoes and parsnips I went out with my children and my sisters for a walk, I saw these beautiful yellow flowers which reminded me of my childhood and I could not resist taking a photo.

Yellow flowers

We have been eating lots of asparagus during the last couple of days. Asparagus are just coming in season now in Italy. Italy is a large producer of green and white varieties.

Some people have a special tall pot where they can cook them to perfection. I don't have one and I usually use a simple steamer and then I season them with olive oil, lemon and a pinch of salt. They don't need much else really.

Asparagus are great with eggs and if you have them with some fresh crunchy bread you can make a healthy and delicious meal really quickly.

I wanted to try something different and I have tried grilling them on a griddle pan then I have added olive oil, lemon juice, some black olives and some bits of Parmesan cheese.

They were really tasty as grilling them gives them an interesting smoked taste.


  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 10 minutes



Wash your asparagus under running water then toss them with oil.

washing asparagus

Remove the hard ends then peel them if necessary. I usually peel the ends of big asparagus as their skin can be quite tough.

peeling asparagus

Heat up a griddle pan over a high heat until smoking hot. Working in batches griddle the asparagus for about 10 minutes turning them on both sides until tender. Cooking time depends on how big they are. Prickle them with a fork to check if they are ready.

grilling asparagus

Make a dressing by mixing olive oil, the juice of the lemon and a pinch of salt. Mix well.

These are my mum's lemons. She has a couple of small trees on her terrace. Their bright yellow colour seems to be shining in the sunshine!

Lemons on tree

Put the asparagus on a serving dish and pour the dressing on top. Scatter the parmesan, the olives and garnish with chives.

Grilled asparagus with parmesan and olives

Grilled asparagus with parmesan and olives

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13 Responses to Grilled asparagus with parmesan and olives, fresh and vibrant

  1. Chiara

    Una ricetta gustosa e perfetta per la stagione appena cominciata, buona Pasquetta Alida, un bacione !

    • Alida

      Grazie Chiara!

  2. Maria Cerone

    I also made the lamb yesterday a little on the rare side for me but put it back in for another 20min. and it was great.Very tasty.What part of Italy are you at?

    • Alida

      Lamb is always so tasty. I am in Friuli in North Eastern Italy.

  3. Elisabetta

    What a lovely post Alida. I adore green asparagus and I eat them almost every week when available. I must say my favourite way to cook them is to cook them with a clove of garlic in a little extra virgin olive oil and then I add them to scrambled eggs, risotti etc. Will try them griddled next. Thanks.

    • Alida

      Yes asparagus are so versatile, you can add them to so many dishes!

  4. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Your Easter meal sounds delicious! We had lasagne too, but a roasted red pepper one.
    I love grilled asparagus, but you have taken it to another level with these toppings. yum!

    • Alida

      I have just seen your lasagne they look divine!

  5. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Wow…… In season asparagus in March? You lucky thing!
    And grilled with a sprinkling of parmesan is how it is at its best! Yum x

    • Alida

      Yes the season for asparagus comes 3 months before the UK.

  6. uno spicchio di melone

    Devo provarli assolutamente! Li avevo provati grigliati, ma non con il tuo fantastico condimento! Grazie!

    • Alida

      Si a me sono piaciuti molto questi. Ciao!

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