Simple Sundays | Grilled Balsamic Asparagus

Simple Sundays | Grilled Balsamic Asparagus

As much as I love to cook and experiment with flavors, sometimes, there’s nothing better than returning to the simplest forms of cooking. When ingredients are kept to a minimum, you can really appreciate the flavors of your vegetables and meats to their fullest. There is no masking — it is pure. Best of all, it is easy.

Salt. Pepper. Olive Oil. And a splash of balsamic vinegar. When I am in a rush, that’s all I need. My asparagus gets a nice toss in this simple treatment. Same goes for some hefty pork chops.

In a matter of minutes, the grill works its magic.

When I cook like this, it reminds me: good food does not have to be complicated. How else would I be able to taste the sweetness of this season’s tender asparagus, brought out by a sprinkling of salt and a drizzle of inky balsamic? How else could an effortless plate still be so alluring?

What are your favorite ways to enjoy summer meals simply?

Grilled Balsamic Asparagus

Serves 4. | Prep: 2 minutes | Cook: 6 minutes

This hardly seems a recipe, but perhaps that's what I love best about it. Just the basics, no frills. And it leaves you more time to enjoy the summer evenings.


1 pound asparagus
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided


Prepare the grill, preheating to high heat.

Trim the tough ends of the asparagus and discard. Toss the asparagus in the olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper, tossing to evenly coat the vegetables. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

Grill the asparagus on high heat for about 6 minutes, until the asparagus are just fork tender, rotating periodically. Transfer to a serving dish and drizzle with a little additional balsamic vinegar.


  1. Rikki

    Asparagus and pork chops are one of my favorites (especially on the grill)! I love that there’s balsamic vinegar in this recipe, we use that quite often with our veggies. Delicious and simple- that’s the way to go!

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love balsamic – I will eat it by the spoonful if given the opportunity. It’s absolutely perfect with asparagus! During the summer, I love to grill vegetables in much the same way – you can’t beat oil, balsamic, and some fresh herbs!

  3. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

    This is the PERFECT way to eat asparagus! I adore any veggie that is grilled – the smoky-ness that is added is the best. It just screams summer. This is a great simple Sunday. Sending Happy Father’s Day wishes to your family!!!

  4. Jamie

    You are so right: great ingredients are what matters and need nothing fancy to hide or enhance their true excellent flavors. This asparagus is gorgeous and beautifully prepared. This week, asparagus on the menu… just like this.

  5. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings

    I agree, simple cooking is the best cooking! The less we tamper our foods, the more the flavours are enhanced, and the better they taste! Simple grilling always brings out the best in food, so I am all for that! I love grilling and wish we could do it all year long here in Canada! If only winters were milder…Sigh.

  6. Krista

    You are SO right! Good food doesn’t need to be complicated. I love making a simple dinner like this on the weekends. It is so beautiful and yet so easy!

  7. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    Your right, good food doesn’t need to be complicated! When you have wonderfully fresh ingredients they really don’t need much done to them, and I love nothing better than grilled asparagus with a poached egg. Happy days!

    Gorgeous photos as always Liren!

  8. Patty

    Such a good way to enjoy fresh asparagus complete with beautiful photos!
    Happy Birthday Liren, hope you’re enjoying your special day;-)

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