Asparagus with yogurt sauce and pistachios

May 2, 2010  •  Category:


The weather these days in Dallas is as close to perfect as can be; everybody is outside, at the park, at the lake, people are barbecuing and the smell of meat is wafting through the air.

I just feel lazy; when it is so beautiful outside, all one wants to do is enjoy the fresh air, go for a walk, relax; which is what we did. I brought the asparagus, my friend made a nice salad and it was great!


  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • To make dressing: 1 cup of lowfat yogurt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, mashed
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped pistachios
  • salt, pepper to taste


  1. Slice off the tough ends of the asparagus.
  2. Boil in salted  water or steam. Drop in a bowl of icy water to stop the cooking.
  3. Drain, set on a plate. Make the dressing by mixing all the ingredients.
  4. Serve at room temperature.


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  1. Nadia says:

    This is a lovely way to serve asparagus. The contrasting shades of green from the asparagus, the pistachios, and the turmeric yogurt sauce are so pretty!

  2. Wizzythestick says:

    we don’t get asparagus here but I’m thinking this sauce would be fantastic in a salad

  3. Angie's Recipes says:

    This asparagus dish looks Fantastic! You just have no idea how much I love asparagus, esp. the green one, sadly, there is still no sight of the green one here in Germany… I guess I will have to wait for another couple of months to have them.
    Great job as usual!
    Have a great and peaceful Monday!

  4. Muneeba says:

    Wow, look at the pretty asparagus … gorgeous presentation!

  5. cuisineplurielle says:

    Il love asparagus , specially the green ones..

  6. stef says:

    what a gorgeous picture! i love asparagus and this post justmakes me crave some 🙂

  7. Nithu says:

    Looks so good. Nice click and presentation…

  8. Ivy says:

    Love your first picture. I want to dive into the screen and grab it. Pity they are so expensive in Greece.

  9. Sushma Mallya says:

    Nice way to have asparagus…lovely click and lovely recipe…

  10. SYLVIA says:

    This is right up my ally, look at this gorgeous luxurious green forest color asparagus.It is goodness and lightness, looks so clean just like it was picked from the garden, it is low in calories, and keeps hunger pangs at bay, also acts on water retention and bloating.
    This dish is nutritional powerhouse, packed with vitamin K, E, D and turmeric has a lot of antioxidant. Thank you for this very uplifting recipe Joumana, I rate it as 5 stars for sure.

  11. fériel says:

    It’s very delicius !

  12. Priya says:

    Lovely dish, looks fabulous..

  13. delices eyes says:

    Cette assiette me plait infiniment!
    Bonne journée

  14. Sridevi says:

    Simple and fantanstic dish!! .I liked the presentation.

  15. peachkins says:

    You are so lucky to have a great weather. It is scorching hot here in the Philippines.

    blowing peachkisses
    The Peach Kitchen
    peach and things

  16. asia jo says:

    Fantastic. Simple. Beautiful. Great colors. Lovely flavor combination. PS: I’m making one of your dishes tonight 🙂 xxx

  17. The London Foodie says:

    I love the simple but delicious flavours of this dish – why mess around with something so perfect as asparagus? Wonderful recipe!

    Luiz @ The London Foodie

  18. mylittleexpatkitchen says:

    Even though asparagus are in season now, I haven’t bought my first ones yet. I love how simple and delicious your recipe sounds and I enjoy yoghurt in anything.

  19. Maninas says:

    I love the way you served them in a bunch.

  20. tigerfish says:

    The pistachios must have added a nice crunch to the asparagus. Exciting textures and combination of flavors 🙂

  21. peteformation says:

    I like the way the asparagus is presented……make it looks really delicious

  22. Cocotte says:

    Je voudrais que ce beau temps qui donne naissance aux asperges ne s’arrête jamais…

  23. peter says:

    Joumana, love the presentation and the dressing (not a whole head of garlic?) 😉

    What did you use to bind the bunch of asparagus in the first photo?

  24. Magdalena says:

    It is nice to read about one more person fascinated about his/her culinary roots. One should remember and cultivate good traditions. That is why I am a bit worried about the only son of my uncle, my cousin (my father’s brother) who lives in Canada and his parents decided not to teach him traditions of their homeland….
    It is great to be in a middle of the asparagus season….pity that it does not last here forever…
    tasty presentation.

  25. 12th Man says:

    Amazing photography. If this tastes half as good as it looks …

  26. Namitha says:

    such a simple and delicious recipe with Asparagus

  27. melrose says:

    Great! And when comes ‘my cake’ :)?

  28. T.W. Barritt says:

    Simple and delicious is best! I like the use of turmeric. I was going to pick up some asparagus this past weekend, but the stems were to thick and woody that I put them back.

  29. PJ says:

    I have never tries Asparagus.Your recipe looks yumm!!!

  30. Soma says:

    I live around the suburbs of Dallas 😀 Yes the weather cannot get prettier than this.. a sweet prelude to the summer.

    I would have never thought of combining pistachios and asparagus! It sounds scrumptious. Simple and a very flavorful recipe.

  31. Mimi says:

    Perfect recipe, I’m just starting to harvest asparagus from the garden.

  32. Sasa says:

    Know that lazy feeling! ;P

  33. msmeanie says:

    This looks like a delicious and new way to prepare asparagus. All the ingredients sound like they would be delicious together especially the yogurt and pistachio combo.

  34. Sook says:

    I do love asparagus with great seasonings. The sauce sounds really good!

  35. 5 Star Foodie says:

    I love the pairing of pistachios with asparagus,yum!

  36. Cool Lassi(e) says:

    Gorgeous vegetable with an awesome yogurt sauce. Love the presentation.

  37. Juliana says:

    Wow, lovely asparagus dish, love the sauce on it and the pistachio I am sure adds a special flavor to the asparagus…great photos 🙂

  38. Faith says:

    Summer days are the best, aren’t they? Relaxation is in the air! Your asparagus looks delicious, and I love how it’s fanned out so beautifully!

  39. fimère says:

    cette assiette me plait beaucoup belle présentation
    bonne soirée

  40. Krista says:

    Ohhh, this looks SPLENDID!! PERFECT for summery weather. 🙂

  41. A Canadian Foodie says:

    How could this not be delicious? Have you tried grilled Jamon Serano with asparagus? I have had Prosciutto with asparagus many times, cold… but the hot Serano with the asparagus was deadly!

  42. Tangled Noodle says:

    We’re just getting into the best time for asparagus! The yogurt sauce sounds delicious, especially with the inclusion of pistachios.

  43. sweetlife says:

    I love the sauce you made. The asaragus look great–yummy!!


  44. lisa says:

    I love this! It really is the perfect picnic food. I’m looking forward to being lazy on beach on the weekends — spring is definitely here and summer is on the way! This is the best way to enjoy asparagus- fresh, simple, and with pistachios! That, I must try.

  45. SathyaSrihdar says:

    Asparagus with yoghurt sauce very nice,,,well presented with beautiful click..

  46. Cara says:

    I love how you used yogurt to keep this nice and light. I see a lot of recipes for asparagus with aiolis that I just have to turn down. I think this dressing would be great on a lot of things!

  47. Medifast Coupons says:

    This is so healthy and pretty to look at it! Your pictures are breath taking making this dish look divine!

  48. V says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I made this asparagus this weekend and it turned out really great. The pistachio is just fantastic with the flavors… it just really works! Thanks again…

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