No vegetable announces the arrival of spring quite like asparagus. Although some grocers carry the bright green stalks year round, asparagus is at its best in the months of March, April, and May. When shopping for asparagus, read your recipe first to figure out if you’ll need thick or thin shoots. The size isn’t an indicator of flavor — thick asparagus is simply more mature than its thin counterpart. However, if you’re making a dish that involves shaving asparagus, you’ll want to use the fattest stalks you can find because they will be easier to handle with a vegetable peeler. Look for bright green stems that are not limp and have compact, closed tips. Avoid stalks that appear too woody. Store in the veggie drawer of your fridge. Now on to the fun part: what to make with the season’s most beloved vegetable. Here are 15 wonderful, creative, and easy asparagus recipes.
Easy Asparagus Recipes
Little Gem Salad
Sometimes you need a crisp green salad and when that’s the case put together this dish that’s filled with little gem lettuce, shaved asparagus, sprouts, radishes, pistachios, goat cheese, and an herb-packed vinaigrette. To make it heartier, add hard-boiled egg, roasted chicken, or shrimp.
Get the recipe on Snixy Kitchen.
Gremolata is an Italian seasoning blend of finely minced garlic, parsley, and lemon zest. Traditionally it’s used to brighten rich meat dishes like osso buco, but it can have the same effect for vegetables. Simply steam or boil the asparagus until it’s crisp and tender, then top with the gremolata. Serve alongside roast salmon, fried chicken, or pork tenderloin.
Get the recipe on The New York Times.
Lemon Chicken With Asparagus
Need dinner in a hurry? Put together this super five-ingredient supper. All you need is chicken, flour, lemon pepper, asparagus, and lemons. Everything is cooked quickly in the same pan meaning you’ll have a meal on the table in minutes.
Get the recipe on Pinch of Yum.
Chickpea Flatbread With Shaved Asparagus
This recipe illustrates the versatility of chickpea flour: you can use it to make a quick and easy flatbread. Top with creamy hummus and a shaved asparagus and kale salad and you’ve got a delightful vegan dish that’s filling enough to serve as a meal and doubles as a delicious appetizer for a crowd.
Get the recipe on With Food + Love.
Easy Shaved Asparagus Salad
Let the fresh raw flavor of asparagus shine with this uncomplicated salad recipe. The veggie is tossed with parsley leaves and shards of pecorino romano cheese. A lemon shallot vinaigrette completes the simple, yet sophisticated starter.
Get the recipe on Coley Cooks.
You can’t go wrong with the classic hors d’œuvre—asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. It’s a portable finger food that strikes the right balance between salt, meat, and veg. Plus, it pairs perfectly with a glass of sparkling rosé. If you have vegetarians coming to dinner, wrap the asparagus in thin pieces of puff pastry instead of prosciutto.
Get the recipe on Fountain Avenue Kitchen.
Asparagus Goat Cheese Tart
If you’ve never made an asparagus tart with puff pastry before, you’ve got to try it out soon! It’s an uncomplicated way to make a satisfying tart that is pretty enough to impress guests. The recipe calls for bacon, but it can be omitted — the tart will still be rich and delicious.
Get the recipe on A Beautiful Mess.
One common denominator in this round up of asparagus recipes? They are all straightforward preparations that involve a few ingredients and let asparagus be the star. Case in point: this recipe for lemony roasted asparagus.
Get the recipe on Cookie and Kate.
Use a good fresh fettuccine or tagliatelle to make this creamy pasta primavera. Sugar snap peas, asparagus, spring onion, and English peas are sautéed until just tender before being tossed with the pasta, herbs, creme fraîche, and plenty of parmesan cheese. Pair with a glass of Chardonnay and serve at an impromptu Easter dinner.
Get the recipe on The New York Times.
Creamy Asparagus Soup
While the days are longer, the evenings can still be quite chilly during the first few weeks of spring. If you’re craving bowls of steaming hot soup, make this smooth asparagus rendition. Almond milk is what makes the soup creamy, so even vegans can enjoy this soothing dish.
Get the recipe on the Minimalist Baker.
Asparagus, Bacon, and Herbed Cheese Pizza
Asparagus is an excellent topping for a white pizza. Don’t believe me? Give it a try and follow this recipe! Spread store-bought pizza dough with garlic-herb cheese, then top with shredded mozzarella, crumbled bacon, and 1-inch asparagus pieces. Bake until it’s crisp and bubbly then enjoy with a glass of fruity red wine like Pinot Noir.
Get the recipe on A Taste of Home.
Asparagus and Fava Bean Salad
Need a show-stopping side dish for Easter? Put together this vegan salad that is chock full of green vegetables. Although fava beans take some time to shell and prepare, it’s worth it for a dish served on the holiday. If you come across edible flowers, like chive blossoms at the farmers market throw those in to make this salad an Instagram sensation.
Get the recipe on Bon Appétit.
Asparagus and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches
Wondering what to make mom on Mother’s Day? Wow her with homemade quiche. The dough can be made days in advance. Prep the vegetables, cheese, and egg mixture the night before. All you have to do in the morning is assemble and bake—which is easy enough you can do it with a mimosa in hand!
Get the recipe on Southern Living.
Quinoa, Broccolini, and Asparagus Salad
Heading to a picnic this spring? This salad—that’s jam-packed with flavor thanks to mint, dill, and capers—is for you. However, feel free to make it your own. If you’ve got broccoli and mushrooms in the fridge, substitute those for the broccolini and fennel.
Get the recipe on Food to Love.
Asparagus, Onion, and Goat Cheese Pizza
Asparagus and goat cheese are a match made in heaven—they are delish in salads, quiche, and on top of pizza. What makes this recipe unique is that it uses romesco instead of marinara. Romesco is a Spanish sauce made from roasted red peppers and almonds. It’s an innovative base to take your pizza recipe to the next level.
Get the recipe on Simply Taylor.
What is your favorite way to eat asparagus?