Grilled Lemon Asparagus with Feta

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Grilled lemon asparagus with feta is fresh, tangy, and incredibly flavorful. This Mediterranean-inspired side dish is perfect for the summertime, so pair it with your favorite grilled meat like chicken or salmon and enjoy!

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During the spring and summer months, asparagus is easily one of my favorite veggies to eat. It’s versatile and can be enjoyed in a ton of different ways, from cold salads to hot meals on the grill.

This grilled lemon asparagus recipe has got to be one of the best asparagus recipes I’ve tried and the best part is that it only takes 10 minutes to prepare.

All you need is fresh asparagus, olive oil, lemon juice, feta cheese, salt, and pepper. Simply season your veggies, cook them on the grill, then mix them with the lemon and feta just before serving the dish.

Just like that, you’ve got the perfect summer side dish. You could even swap out the asparagus if you have another green vegetable you want to cook up like grilled broccoli or grilled zucchini.

Serve this dish alongside juicy grilled chicken or fish for a light meal or add some grilled potatoes or whole-grain pasta salad to beef it up with some healthy carbs.

These delicious grilled lemon and feta asparagus are super fresh and flavorful, so it’s wonderful for the season. It’s also great for meal prep if you’re looking to plan your week out.

Grilled asparagus with grilled lemons and feta cheese in a dish with extra feta and lemon on the side.

Grilled Lemon Asparagus Ingredients

Here are the key ingredients you’ll need to bring this grilled asparagus to life.

  • Asparagus: Look for bright green stalks that appear to be firm and free from bruising or damage. Using the freshest, ripest asparagus is the key to the best-tasting dish.
  • Olive Oil: Make sure to opt for a high-quality olive oil to toss your asparagus in before grilling it to perfection.
  • Lemon Juice: The citrus flavors and acidity go a long way in brightening up the asparagus for a fresh and vibrant side dish. Swap in your favorite vinegar for a different flavor combination.
  • Feta Cheese: I love the way the tangy flavor of feta cheese compliments the zesty lemon juice and smoky asparagus.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

Want to make the best grilled asparagus? Here are some of my top tips to help you achieve the tastiest results:

  • If you want an even tangier flavor and a nice pop of color, sprinkle some lemon zest onto the asparagus just before serving it.
  • Don’t have any asparagus? If you want to try something else, switch out the vegetable for another one. Some great options include broccoli, green beans, and zucchini.
  • For a delicious nutty flavor and variation in texture, add some chopped pistachios, pine nuts, or almonds to the dish.
  • You can make a lemon feta vinaigrette to pour over the asparagus by mixing together olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and feta cheese until combined. Save the vinaigrette and pour it over the asparagus just before serving it.
  • Feel free to make this grilled asparagus dairy-free by leaving out the feta cheese. Alternatively, you could swap the feta for another type of cheese like goat cheese or parmesan.

What to Serve with Grilled Asparagus with Feta

This grilled asparagus recipe is smoky, tangy, and incredibly tasty. One of the things I love most about it is that it’s super versatile, so you can serve it during these warmer months with any of your favorite dishes. I’ve enjoyed this dish with everything from grilled chicken and pasta salad to salmon and grilled potatoes. The options are endless.

Need some help? Here are some of my favorite dishes to pair with grilled asparagus:

  • Grilled Red Potatoes – These delicious potatoes are crispy on the outside yet soft and fluffy on the inside.
  • Blackened Chicken – This juicy and flavorful chicken is the perfect main course to pair with this grilled asparagus.
  • Dijon Baked Salmon – You’re going to absolutely love this flavorful, flaky salmon and the complimentary flavors work great with this dish.
  • Garlic Grilled Shrimp – This drool-worthy shrimp can go onto the grill right next to the asparagus, making for an easy and delicious meal.
  • Healthy Mexican Street Corn Salad – Vibrant and bursting with flavors, this refreshing summer salad works great alongside grilled asparagus.

Two hands holding a plate of grilled asparagus with grilled lemon halves and crumbled feta cheese on top.

How to Store the Dish

I think that this dish is best served right away, but you can also store it for later if you have leftovers or want to make extras for meal prepping. To store cooked asparagus, allow it to cool completely before placing it in an airtight container or tightly wrapping it in aluminum foil. Once properly sealed, you can store asparagus as follows:

  • In the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • In the freezer for up to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this grilled lemon asparagus recipe:

After asparagus has been stored past its prime, it tends to become woody—especially at the ends. I recommend looking for the ripest asparagus you can find at the grocery store and using it within a few days. Also, make sure to cut the ends of your asparagus spears to get rid of the end bits that could potentially come out woody.

When asparagus is overcooked, it tends to become limp and soggy. You can easily avoid this issue by following this recipe as instructed and keeping a close eye on your asparagus while it cooks. Asparagus doesn’t take long to cook, so as long as you keep this in mind and watch over it, you should be fine.

If you don’t have a grill or don’t feel like firing it up, then you can cook your asparagus in a 425°F oven for 8-10 minutes. Don’t worry, it’ll still come out delicious! Just make sure to spread the asparagus evenly on the pan so none of the spears are touching.

Bowl of grilled asparagus served with lemon juice, black pepper, and feta cheese.
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Grilled Lemon Asparagus with Feta

PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 10 Min
TOTAL TIME: 15 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 lb. asparagus, stems trimmed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (regular or reduced fat)

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Instructions

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Toss the asparagus with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Make sure to wash and trim the asparagus before cooking.

Asparagus in a dish being drizzled with olive oil.
2

Place the asparagus and halved lemons on the grill. Cook the asparagus for about 3 minutes on each side. Cook the lemon cut side down for 5-6 minutes. You can also cook the asparagus in a 425-degree oven for 8-10 minutes.

Asparagus stalks on the grill with fresh lemon halves.
3

Top with feta cheese with lemon juice.

Lemon juice being squeezed over grilled asparagus.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 82
Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 107mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g

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

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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