15 healthy asparagus recipes perfect for spring! From humble side dish to main entree, asparagus is rich in antioxidants and high in fiber.
When I find myself getting caught in spontaneous rain showers, enjoying late-evening sunsets and waking up to a dusting of pale yellow pollen all over my car in the morning – that’s when I know it’s spring! Not only do I get spring fever to go outside (hello working on my patio!) and start exploring new trails to blaze, but I also get adventurous in trying new recipes for the season’s produce! Asparagus is one of spring’s finest veggies, and I’m pumped to stock up on them from the farmers market over the next few weeks.
Asparagus spears are much like wildflowers – they can be laid-back for a weeknight supper or dressed up for an elegant backyard dinner party. Either way, they can be the show-stopper at any meal!
Health Benefits of Asparagus
On the nutrition front, asparagus is a low calorie vegetable that is rich in vitamins and minerals (namely folate and vitamins A, C and K) and antioxidants. It’s also high in fiber and a natural diuretic, helping remove excess water and salt from the body. This is be really helpful if you’re struggling with bloating or water retention.
Points for color. Points for health benefits. Negative points for stinky pee – but it’s worth it! 😉
Asparagus Recipes To Make This Spring
Basically asparagus is the cool kid at the table and there are so many ways you can flavor, cook and serve it. That’s why I put together this fun round-up of recipes from some of my fave blogging friends. Get inspired, grab yourself a bundle of spears and get cooking!
Roasted asparagus is an easy and healthy side dish that comes together in less than 30 minutes and can be flavored in a variety of ways. Try topping it with fresh lemon, red pepper flakes or parmesan cheese.
This quick and easy dish features garlic shrimp and fresh asparagus sautéed and served over zucchini noodle pasta. Gluten-free, dairy-free and loaded with nutrients, this dish makes for a healthy weeknight meal.
This nicoise salad combines fresh veggies, canned tuna, sweet potatoes and hard boiled egg with a red wine vinaigrette. It's flavorful, loaded with protein and can be meal prepped two ways: in a mason jar or a meal prep container.