Grilled Asparagus with Caper-Cornichon Vinaigrette

Total Time:
20 mins
4 to 6 Serves

Inspired by gribiche, the French sauce traditionally served with steamed asparagus, this salad takes a modern approach by grilling the spears then piling them on a platter with sliced hard-cooked eggs. The mustard vinaigrette, chock-full of cornichons and capers, preserves all the briny goodness of the original sauce.


  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon white-wine or Champagne vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon country-style Dijon mustard

  • ¾ teaspoon sugar

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped small cornichons (about 6)

  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed


  1. Prepare an ice-water bath. Bring a small pot of water to a simmer over medium heat. Lower eggs into water; cook 9 minutes. Transfer to ice bath; let stand until cool enough to handle. Peel and slice into rounds.

  2. Whisk together vinegar, mustard, and sugar. Slowly whisk in oil, then capers, cornichons, and thyme. Season to taste.

  3. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Drizzle asparagus lightly with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill, turning once, until crisp-tender and charred in places, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a platter, top with eggs, and spoon vinaigrette over top; serve.

    Grilled Asparagus with Caper-Cornichon Vinaigrette
    Gentl and Hyers

Cook's Notes

You can also make this dish with leeks or use the vinaigrette as an accompaniment for grilled or roasted fish.

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