Lemon Asparagus with Pistachios

This easy asparagus recipe takes about 15 minutes to throw together. Olive oil keeps it healthy, pistachios and lemon make it memorable. The tarragon doesn’t hurt either. Perfect side dish for Easter or any holiday get-together!

Lemon Asparagus with Pistachios from The Food Charlatan

Today I cleaned out my diaper bag. Are you a clean car person? I feel like if you’re a clean car person then you’re also a clean diaper bag person; sadly I am neither. It took me a good 20 minutes to empty everything out, scrub it down, and return the essentials.

The last thing I pulled out was from a secret pocket on the inside…a secret pocket that was so secret, I forgot it was there.  I opened it up and found a bag of EASTER CANDY. It’s not new. That’s right my friends, I have been carrying around a carrot-shaped bag of Reese’s Pieces for A YEAR.

Lemon Asparagus with Pistachios from The Food Charlatan

Lemon Asparagus with Pistachios from The Food Charlatan

Not only am I feeling pretty dirty about the fact that it’s clearly been a year since I did a full diaper bag sweep, but I can think of about a hundred diaper-bag situations where a bag of Reese’s Pieces would have been a welcome respite indeed.

Are you an asparagus person? I was on the phone with my mom yesterday planning our Easter menu. She was at Costco, asking me what to get. We went through ham, potatoes, dessert, and finally–veggies. She said “broccoli,” I said “asparagus”. Why would we ruin Easter with broccoli, I said. Easter is a special occasion, ergo, asparagus. Broccoli is like what you eat when you’re just interested in ingesting nutrients to keep yourself alive.

I know, I’m probably going to get a lot of resistance here. But I’m sticking with the facts here. Asparagus > Broccoli.

Lemon Asparagus with Pistachios from The Food Charlatan

Especially when that asparagus is smothered with lemon and tarragon. Have you tried tarragon? It’s fabulous. I first discovered it in this pasta salad recipe and fell in love. (Don’t let the crappy photos fool you. That pasta salad is LEGIT my friends.) Anyway, this asparagus is super quick and packs a flavorful punch. I love it! Plus, pistachios. I mean, come on.

Lemon Asparagus with Pistachios from The Food Charlatan

Have you planned out your Easter menu yet? I added a menu item up there at the top of my blog called “Easter Recipes.” It takes you to a catalogue of all the recipes I thought you could use for an Easter brunch or dinner. I hope you find it useful!

Wishing you and your family a happy Easter! I’m so thankful we get to celebrate the return of the Savior during this time of year, where rebirth is all around us. This video reminds me that no matter our situation, there is always room for hope. I’ve been thinking of this scripture in Isiaiah this week. It’s always been my favorite, maybe you will like it too:

For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

Lemon Asparagus with Pistachios

Yield: Serves 5-6

Recipe by The Food Charlatan


  • 1/3 cup pistachios, shelled (I used Diamond )
  • 2 bunches (2 pounds) asparagus
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sliced lemon, to garnish, optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread the shelled pistachios on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for about 4-7 minutes, or until toasted and fragrant. Keep an eye on them so they don't burn. Remove from the oven and immediately remove to a plate or bowl, and set aside. You can chop them or leave them whole.
  3. Turn the oven up to 400 degrees F.
  4. Wash the asparagus and snap the woody ends off. Spread in a single layer over 1 large or 2 small baking sheets. Make sure they are not overlapping a ton, or they will steam, and we want them to get roasted.
  5. Drizzle with 1-3 teaspoons olive oil and use your hands to make sure the spears are coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Roast in the oven at 400 for 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your asparagus. If they are easily speared with a fork, they are done.
  7. Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, tarragon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Whisking constantly, drizzle in the olive oil.
  8. Plate the asparagus, drizzle with the dressing, and sprinkle with the pistachios (chopped or whole). Serve immediately.


*If you don't have tarragon, oregano or basil would make tasty substitutes!


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Lemon Asparagus with Pistachios from The Food Charlatan

Make sure you whisk WHILE you drizzle in the olive oil so that the dressing emulsifies.

Other Easter side dishes you might like!

Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes:

Sautéed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes


Balsamic-Browned Butter Asparagus:

Balsamic-Browned Butter Asparagus

Lemon Green Beans with Feta and Fried Pecans: << FRIED PECANS, GUYS

Green Beans with Feta and Fried Pecans


Broccoli with Feta and Fried Almonds: ^^Sound familiar? This is the best broccoli I’ve ever eaten. Ever. If my mom had convinced me to buy broccoli, I would have made this recipe for Easter on Sunday :)

Broccoli with Feta and Fried Almonds from TheFoodCharlatan.com


Strawberry Panzanella Salad:

Strawberry Panzanella Salad from The Food Charlatan


Pineapple Spinach Salad:

Pineapple Spinach Salad | TheFoodCharlatan.com This twist on the Strawberry Spinach Salad is easy and bright-tasting!


Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing:

Copycat Cafe Zupas Poppyseed Dressing and Spinach Bleu Cheese Salad from TheFoodCharlatan.com

More sides from other bloggers!

Roasted Garlic Asparagus with Feta from Gonna Want Seconds
Perfect Grilled Asparagus from Or Whatever You Do
Parmesan Garlic Asparagus from Chef in Training





  1. says

    My car is usually disgusting. My diaper bag is an old backpack with a strap missing. So there you go.
    Oh, and I’d have no problem eating year-old candy if that were the only option. Judge me.
    Love this asparagus! Pistachios make everything better. And tarragon is such a happy herb!
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  2. says

    Haha! Rediscovering hidden candy is always a bonus! I would probably just go ahead and eat that old candy, cause candy is candy. :)
    Oh, man. And asparagus > than every other green veggie. THAT’S what I’m trying to tell everyone in this house who complain that I serve too much asparagus.
    Can I even describe how perfect this looks with those gorgeous pistachios?! Drooooooling here!
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  3. Sarah says

    This year I’m spending Easter in a minivan with three kids five and under. NEXT year I’m making a fancy Easter dinner complete with that magic you have pictured above. Love the round lemon slices, so impressive looking!

  4. says

    Ha! I’m neither a car nor a diaper bag person. In fact, I usually ditch the diaper bag as soon as humanly possible and just cram everything into my purse. All of which are totally trashed. I just can’t keep up with all the kid crap that accumulates in the car. Its a sickness. ;)

    This asparagus looks incredible. I mean, like beyond legit. I agree that Asparagus > Broccoli, but Broccoli cheese anything is probably one of my favorite combinations, ever.

    Thanks for linking my grilled asparagus! <3
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  5. says

    Hahaha – the same thing happens when I clean out Lucas’s backpacks. You know what he does? He keeps MULTIPLE backpacks and when one gets too messy he just switches to a new one….And then I find months-old dirty tupperware in the old ones. TMI?

    I want a double serving of this asparagus for Easter! Pistachios + lemon FTW! (Also – Team Asparagus!)
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  6. says

    What a lovely post. This side dish looks gorgeous Karen. The recipe Lemon Asparagus with Pistachios sounds so tempting. The idea of adding pistachios instead of the typical pine nuts is fab and creative. I feel the flavour of this dish will be better with the combination of Asparagus and Pistachios. Without wasting any more time, will go and try out this recipe myself. Keep posting and keep sharing..
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