Sometimes simple can be sublime, as in the case of this basic side dish of sesame-roasted asparagus. Roasting brings out the special flavor of asparagus like nothing else can. Aside form enjoying this just as is, you can also cut the asparagus up once it’s roasted, and toss into a mixed greens salad or into cooked grains.
Hearty udon noodles are intertwined with delicious cashews and tender asparagus in a light sauce. Serve this Asian-style dish with a simple tofu or tempeh preparation. It’s good served warm or at room temperature. more→
I especially like this sprightly pasta salad made with orecchiette (“little ears”), a small, delicate pasta, but you can use any short pasta shape you’d like. Use very slender asparagus and you won’t need to scrape the stalks. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
This simple pasta dish, filled with flavorful asparagus and artichokes, is sure to please in late spring and early summer. This can be served warm or at room temperature. Serve with a salad featuring chickpeas (I especially like this with Chickpea Salad with Roasted Peppers, Tomatoes, and Basil) and fresh corn on the cob. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→
For this simple and delectable dish of pasta, asparagus and peas, use slender asparagus and you won’t need to scrape the stalks. With its creamy sauce (made of silken tofu), you can think of it as a kind of vegan alfredo, boosted by lots of veggies. more→
Slender stalks of asparagus are a delightful sign of spring, and benefit nicely from the tang of a mustard dressing. This simple room temperature preparation makes a nice first course for any kind of meal for everyday or company. more→
This tasty cold dish of small mushrooms, slender asparagus, and artichoke hearts is good served as an appetizer or first course with thinly sliced baguette. It’s especially nice as a starter for springtime celebrations. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Mellow asparagus and bold arugula contrast nicely in this simple yet delicious pasta dish. It’s perfect springtime fare, though you can enjoy it year round. Complete the meal simply with a big salad (add chickpeas or beans for protein) and a fresh whole grain bread. more→