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Savoury Asparagus Recipes for Spring

After a long cold winter, Canadians are excited to see fresh spring produce coming into their grocery stores. One of our favourite spring vegetables is asparagus. With its slender stalks and fresh green flavour, there are endless ways to enjoy it. Here are some savoury asparagus tips and recipes to help you get started!

Quick Tips!

  • Add a splash of olive oil, orange juice and zest to asparagus
  • Try grilling asparagus. Season with a splash of Worcestershire sauce and steak spice
  • Change up your asparagus. Add a drizzle of balsamic reduction and top with crumbled goat cheese
  • Saute asparagus with salt, pepper and fresh minced garlic
  • Spice up your asparagus with crushed red pepper flakes and olive oil
  • Wrap asparagus in prosciutto, grill, and grate fresh parmesan on top
  • Toss asparagus in warm butter with your favourite herbs!
  • Marinade asparagus in teriyaki sauce, grill, and sprinkle with sesame seeds
  • Add a twist to asparagus. Season with olive oil, garlic salt and paprika
  • Saute with salt and pepper and bake with grated gruyere cheese for something new
  • Make a savory dish – grill local asparagus, then add marinated red peppers and top with crumbled feta cheese
  • Use a vegetable peeler to shave raw asaparagus and add it your salads
  • It’s delicious when grilled and topped with a honey mustard vinaigrette dressing
  • Try crostini topped with grilled asparagus and sliced almonds
  • Try roasting asparagus with capers and lemon for a delicious and healthy side dish
  • After steaming asparagus, add brown butter and hazelnuts

For full info on how to select, store and prepare asparagus, visit our Asparagus 101 article!

Asparagus and Eggs are a Perfect Pairing

Asparagus, Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Frittata

Easy asparagus frittata

The salty prosciutto and creamy goat cheese elevate this simple open face omelet. It’s a real showstopper at brunch, but you can enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

 

Asparagus, Soft-Boiled Egg and Dukkah Tartine

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Photo credit: Food Nouveau

Travel to the Middle East through this elegant dish by Food Nouveau. Thick country loaf bread is the perfect vessel to get the zesty asparagus salad and rich soft-boiled eggs into your mouth.

Beautiful Pan Asparagus and Perfect Poached Eggs

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Photo credit: She Eats

Asparagus cooked in pancetta drippings is delicious enough, but when She Eats pairs it with a perfectly poached egg, you get a dish that’s hard to resist.

Pan Roasted Asparagus with Miso Butter and Poached Egg

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Photo credit: I am a Food Blog

This roasted asparagus dish from I am a Food Blog gets a touch of Asian flavour from white miso paste.

Asparagus Beanotto with a 7-minute Egg

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Photo credit: From the Land We Live On

This creamy asparagus bean risotto dish is a comforting, hearty dish that proves that sometimes the best things in life are simple.

Asparagus with Hard-boiled Egg Vinaigrette

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Photo credit: Seven Spoons

The unique egg vinaigrette in this dish adds creaminess and bold pungent flavour to simply prepared asparagus.

Asparagus Appetizers are Awesome

 

Ontario Asparagus and Mushroom Tart

Ontario Asparagus and Mushroom Tart

 Serve this cheesy Asparagus and Mushroom Tart in slices as an appetizer, or cut into even smaller pieces as an hors d’oeuvre.

Smoked Salmon Canapés with Asparagus

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 Photo credit: In Search Of Yummy-ness

 These cute bite-sized asparagus canapés are great for a spring party. Don’t skip on the lemon zest – it adds a burst of freshness to this rich appetizer.

 Breaded Asparagus Spears with Smoked Maple Bacon Dip

Breaded Asparagus Spears with Smoked Maple Bacon Dip

 This breaded asparagus spears recipe from Scotlynn Sweetpac Growers transforms asparagus into a crunchy, satisfying side dish!

Shrimp Asparagus Pizza

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 Photo credit: I am a Food Blog

 This shrimp pizza shows off a mix of spring flavours: crisp asparagus, lemon zest and flat leaf parsley. Perfect for a springtime brunch!

Ontario Asparagus and Cheese Quiches

Ontario Asparagus and Cheese Quiches

 These individual cheesy asparagus ‘bakes’ are similar to a mini quiche, without pastry crusts. Easy to make, they are ideal as an appetizer or even as part of brunch or a light dinner – just add a green salad and your favourite bread!

Roasted Asparagus and Prosciutto Crostini with Fontina Cheese Sauce

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Photo credit: Seasons and Suppers

This simple asparagus crostini would be great paired with a salad or a small bowl of soup for lunch or a light dinner.

Asparagus Shines in Salads

Roasted Asparagus and Bulgur Wheat Salad with Maple Olive Vinaigrette

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Bulgur wheat adds a delightful texture to this roasted asparagus salad. The maple olive vinaigrette adds sweetness and tang to bring the whole dish together.

Spinach Salad with Grilled Strawberries, Asparagus and Walnuts

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Photo credit: Simple Bites

Sweet warm berries, buttery toasted walnuts and slightly charred asparagus turn basic leafy greens into a grilled salad that you’ll want to eat again and again.

Caesar Grilled Asparagus

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Photo credit: Closet Cooking

This clever recipe from Closet Cooking puts a new spin on a classic salad. Crisp and smoky grilled asparagus is delicious when coated in Caesar dressing, and topped with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Grilled Asparagus and Nectarine Pasta Salad

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Photo credit: From the Land We Live On

This unique pasta salad dish made by From the Land We Live On is bursting with fresh flavours and contrasting textures.

Three-bean garden salad with asparagus and coconut dressing

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Photo credit: Living Lou

This light and fresh salad is packed with protein from beans and nuts. The coconut milk dressing, with lime juice and garlic, brightens up the dish and adds a hint of tropical flavour.

Asparagus, White Bean Pesto Pasta

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Photo credit: Living Lou

This versatile vegetarian pasta dish can be enjoyed warm or cold, and is delicious either way. It’s a great “clean out your fridge kind of recipe – perfect for the end of the week.

Asparagus Lends Itself to Many Cuisines

Asparagus and Chicken Enchiladas 

Asparagus and Chicken Enchiladas

Salsa verde bolsters the fresh flavour of asparagus in this easy to make enchilada recipe.

Miso Orange Sesame Noodle Bowl Asparagus and Tofu

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Photo credit: Yummy Beet

This Asian-inspired noodle dish from Yummy Beet is easy to pack, making it perfect for work and school lunches, as well as picnics and road trips.

Thai Green Curry Shrimp with Asparagus

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Photo credit: Seasons and Suppers

Loaded with Thai flavour, this one-pan green curry recipe from Seasons and Suppers takes asparagus to a whole new level.

Spring Green Risotto Recipe

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Photo credit: The Girl on Bloor

This green risotto recipe from The Girl on Bloor uses green spring vegetables, like asparagus, for a fresh take on this classic comfort food.

Steak & Asparagus Bibimbap

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Photo credit: Dinner with Julie

Thinly sliced marinated steak and smoky grilled asparagus take on new life when combined with ginger, sesame oil and rice vinegar, in this recipe from Dinner with Julie.

Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Carbonara

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Photo credit: Closet Cooking

Asparagus and mushrooms are a yummy combination, and are even better when mixed into a luxurious Carbonara pasta dish.

Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus and Cashews

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Photo credit: Food Nouveau

Cashews, fresh lime juice and chopped fresh basil will have you dreaming of Asia as you enjoy this healthy asparagus stir-fry.

Ontario Asparagus Penne Bake 

Ontario Asparagus Penne Bake

Serve with creamy asparagus penne bake with a green salad and crusty whole grain bread for a well-rounded meal.

Creamy Asparagus, Leek and Potato Soup

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Photo credit: The Girls on Bloor

This vibrant green soup is a twist on cream of broccoli soup, with unique flavours that are hearty and wholesome.

Asparagus can be Prepared Simply Too

Roasted Parmesan Asparagus

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Photo credit: La Cuisine Helene

Roasted asparagus doesn’t need a lot of love to make it tasty. This recipe from La Cuisine Helene is topped with shaved Parmesan cheese and balsamic dressing.

Grilled Asparagus in Brown Butter and Shallots

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 Photo credit: Kiss My Smoke

Grilling asparagus is another great way to bring out the sweet nuttiness of this spring vegetables. When topped with brown butter and shallots, it’s delightful.

Blanched Asparagus with Mustard Vinaigrette and Capers

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Photo credit: Simple Bites

Blanched vegetables don’t have to be boring. In this easy recipe from Simple Bites, blanched asparagus gets big tangy flavour from homemade mustard vinaigrette.

Roasted Asparagus with Toasted Breadcrumbs

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Photo credit: Seven Spoons

Cheesy, peppery breadcrumbs add a wonderful crunch to earthy roasted asparagus. Fresh lemon juice and lemon zest gives the dish extra zip.

 

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