In an effort to eat fresh, we found out the best way to cook asparagus in a variety of dishes. Let's begin with the good news: There isn't just one best way to cook asparagus (which happens to also be in season). The bad news? Since vegetables are notorious for being boring or just plain bitter, it can be hard to find the right recipes that yield nutritional benefits while also unleashing their full flavor. After some internet harvesting and digging, we're proud to promise that there will be no soggy asparagus spears here!
In six variable recipes, you'll learn how to season, cook, and incorporate asparagus into your diet so healthy eating is tastier and easier. Beyond flavor and versatility, asparagus is packed with essential nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, vitamin E, B6, and folate, which also happen to be aphrodisiacs. Do you find yourself suddenly in the mood for asparagus? Scroll through to find out the options, from mouthwatering pizza to refreshing salads, comforting pasta, and simple soup. Then cook your favorite asparagus recipe to get excited about spring and all the seasonal culinary wonders it offers.
Asparagus Avocado Toast
The only thing better than avocado toast is avocado toast with a poached egg, smoked salmon, and asparagus. Good thing From the Kitchen can provide us all with a mouthwatering recipe that fulfills all those cravings. We would eat this dish anytime and all the time, but since it's pretty impossible to resist, we say don't wait. Go ahead and eat it first thing in the morning for breakfast.
Quinoa and Asparagus Soup
If you sip on this soup at your desk for lunch, you will definitely get some admirers with questions on where you got it. So if you're working through lunch and don't want any passersby distracting you, choose a different recipe. Can you blame the office onlookers, though? Look how pretty it is! Brought to us by The First Mess, this soup gets its pretty hue from asparagus, wild leeks, and potato, crispy kale chips, and violent flower garnishes. Thanks to the quinoa and homemade spelt bread, you will feel satisfied and energetic for the rest of the day.
Green Asparagus Spear Salad
How fast and how green can you go? Super green and super fast, thanks to this recipe by From the Kitchen that calls for vibrant ingredients and takes under 10 minutes to make. Packed with asparagus, spinach, avocado, and fennel and then sprinkled with mint, basil, and parsley, this is the perfect side dish for a fancy dinner or lunch to eat on the go during the workweek.
Asparagus and Mushroom White Burrata Pizza
This pizza recipe from Half Baked Harvest is not something you come across every day. It is unique flavor-wise, but the ingredients are also seasonally perfect for spring. Are you ready to hear the list of superstar toppings? Asparagus, baby bella mushrooms, basil, garlic, pinenuts, balsamic, and burrata. The crust is also completely homemade. We suggest slicing it to serve as an appetizer, but we'll understand if you want this dinner all to yourself.
Grilled Asparagus and Lentil Niçoise Salad
Drizzled in a caper shallot dressing, this grilled asparagus spread from The First Mess is a delicious vegan interpretation of a French niçoise salad. It's the perfect platter to bring to a potluck garden party. If you weren't planning on attending one, here's your excuse to start planning a spring celebration with your friends. If you don't have a grill, the recipe provides clear roasting instructions, which is one of the best ways to cook asparagus. So you can't go wrong!
Charred Asparagus and Blackened Chicken Pasta
Thanks to the carefully balanced flavors, this dish embodies the awkward seasonal transition from winter to spring, minus the awkwardness. While winter comfort food may consist of hardy, cozy dishes like chilis and braises, springtime calls for something a little more refreshing. Simultaneously wholesome and fresh, this charred asparagus cream pasta with blackened lemon chicken from Half Baked Harvest is a perfect meal to enjoy after a long day.
Feeling hungry and inspired after these veggie tales? Let us know what you think the best way to cook asparagus is in the comment section below before you get cooking.