may is unofficially asparagus season (🙌🏼) - hurrah! among a few other pieces of product, like rhubarb for instance, asparagus is my absolute favorite spring vegetable. since moving to LA, i’ve come to appreciate it even more. back in new york, my mom had a good portion of her garden dedicated to asparagus. beginning in mid-april we would watch it peak through the soil until it got mature enough to harvest. and the moment you cut that first stalk you knew that spring had officially commenced. i love to let the asparagus flavor shine by using simple flavors including: oils and vinegars, herbs, and light spices. this time of year asparagus should be tender and sweet, and bright green or sometimes purple (depending on the variety). my mom’s garden asparagus was so tender that it only required a minute of cooking, and in some preparations you could it eat raw altogether. either way, this is the best month to partake in cooking all the asparagus!
here are 7 of my all-time favorite asparagus recipes, and the various ways you can prepare, what flavors you can pair with asparagus, and how to serve asparagus right alongside the rest of your spring haul. there are a couple soups for those brisk, chilly spring days, a few ways to roast asparagus with the most complimentary flavors to best serve this delightful vegetable with. we also have an asparagus sandwich with avocado and punchy dijon, and a spring rainbow bowl that will perk up your lunch game big time.
i hope these recipes offer some ease and comfort in these warm/hot/chilly/cold days :) xo!
this soup shouts asparagus. it uses about 2 whole bunches, plus some aromatics to really make it sing. we add some soaked cashews to make it a luscious, creamy vegan bowl. it’s perfect for this season when it’s not quite hot enough at night (or even during the day sometimes) to do away with all the cozy that soup brings. this is also perfect appetizer, or to right alongside your main dish.
this bowl combines so much of the beauty that is spring. there’s balsamic roasted asparagus, fresh baby greens, pea shoots, and runny eggs. the colors alone scream spring with all those green and yellow tones. it’s the kind of meal that' combines the ease of preparing fresh ingredients, with the bits of complexity in flavor. the balsamic-roasted asparagus is one of my favorite ways to prepare it, the flavors are surprisingly complimentary of one another. this is a great dish to whip up for lunch, or a quick dinner.
this soup knows no bounds with the amount of flavor going on here. there’s enough tahini added here to make this soup a bit creamy without any dairy or the need for any starchy vegetables. what you get is essentially spring in a bowl, with a good dose of zing from the lemon juice. add all the garnishes, or just leave it be. whatever you choose to do it will be absolutely delicious either way.
this recipe is an old standby. it combines a wonderful array of spring vegetable you likely see at your farmers’ market or grocer this time of year. it’s a humble dish with lots of flavor. the rice is cooked with cilantro sprigs which is a simple technique to infuse a good amount of herbaceous flavor into your rice. the garlic scapes and asparagus are given a quick sauté making them bright and flavorful. add some toasted almonds to top and you’ve got yourself a simple little side dish, or a lovely bed to top with your protein of choice to make it a heartier meal.
this fan favorite from years ago is one of my absolute favorite dishes on this site. while it may sound like a ton of ingredients, it’s quite simple to put together. this dish bursts at the seams with everything spring - i think i tried to cram everything spring forward into this dish, and it tastes that way too. there are freshly shelled peas, broccoli rabe, and sweet asparagus sitting a top a simple chickpea mash with delicate onion flavor thanks to spring’s first spring onion: chives. it makes for an impressive meal - both for your eyes and belly.
this is simple, humble sandwich that is easy to put together at home, or take on the road. it’s a wonderful compact meal that stands up to the elements while also delivering a little punch of flavor, creaminess, and crunch. it’s wonderful for spring picnics, for a random sweltering spring beach day, or just to take as your desk lunch.
if you meal prep, this dish is for you. i love taking the odds and ends leftover from meal prep to combine a bright bowl. this bowl also happens to contain the sunshine-y vibes that spring inspires. and when you combine it with 2 vivid dips how could you wrong? there’s roasted asparagus, roasted purple sweet potatoes, cucumber and carrot ribbons, ripe avocado, sautéed greens and mushrooms, and a runny egg. it basically has everything you could want in a lunch bowl.