Punxatawney Phil may or may not see his shadow on Groundhog Day. Regardless, we’re likely to start seeing the signs of spring emerging by early March. Daffodils start blooming. Bees begin buzzing around again. Green starts slowly becoming more and more vibrant. The pollen is flying… and sneezes are aplenty. If you’re like our family, you’ll likely also start craving fresher flavors, like these healthy asparagus recipes for spring. We typically start craving fewer comfort foods this time of year.
Seasonal eating adds the benefit of anticipation and excitement over the return of certain ingredients. In spring, asparagus is at the top of our list. It’s plentiful, affordable, nutritious, and delicious. It pairs great with salmon and seafood, and it’s simple to cook.
If you’re new to asparagus, here are some things to know.
Nutrition Benefits of asparagus
It’s fat free, sodium free, cholesterol free, and low-calorie veggie. Asparagus is also a good source of vitamins C and A, and high in folate.
When you’re picking it out, look for stalks with no odor that have dry, tight tips. Try to avoid limp or wilted stalks.
Storage for Asparagus
Asparagus will keep best in the fridge (up to four days). Wrap the ends of the stalks in wet paper towel and storing in a container.
Asparagus Recipes for Spring
This gorgeous green veggie is delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! It’s so versatile and easy to cook. From a simple saute, steam, or sheet pan roast to a more complex dish, asparagus rarely disappoints.
Check out these main dishes that use asparagus and stick around for some super easy ways to cook it up on the side. Thanks to our fellow blogger friends who gave us permission to share their yummy asparagus recipes.
Warm Farro Salad w/ Spring Vegetables (Zests and Twists)
I love the idea of a warm salad for spring. We’re craving brighter flavors, but also still some of the comfort of winter dishes. This is the perfect transition.
Artichoke and Asparagus Paella (Attachment Mummy)
This paella is inspired by a stint living in Spain. Having lived there briefly myself, I can say I’ve never tasted a bad Spanish dish!
Pita Breakfast Pizza with Egg and Asparagus (Mama Likes to Cook)
Make this quick and easy asparagus pizza for breakfast or (one of our favorite dinners… brinner!)
Fresh Lemon Asparagus Tart (Barth Bakery)
This tart looks to yummy it could almost be dessert ;)… almost.
Asparagus Lemon Risotto Instant Pot [V+GF+Oil Free] (This Healthy Kitchen)
One-Pot Whole-Wheat Spring Pasta with Asparagus, Peas and Parmesan (Two Healthy Kitchens)
My kids aren’t super keen on plain asparagus, but LOVE it smothered in a creamy pasta dish.
Asparagus Sausage Scramble (Calm Eats)
This hearty dish would be perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner.
Shrimp and Roasted Asparagus Salad (Sumptuous Spoonfuls)
Asparagus pairs so well with seafood. The creamy lemon avocado sauce on top… gorgeous!
Asparagus Quiche (Joy Filled Eats)
You only need THREE ingredients for this quiche recipe. 🙂
Spring Arugula Salad with Shaved Asparagus, Radish and Peas (Flavor the Moments)
Every ingredient in this recipes SCREAMS spring! So vibrant and full of green goodness.
Asparagus Pasta with Peas and Pancetta (Pina Bresciani)
A warm asparagus salad is perfect for those spring days that still have a bit of chill to them.
Asparagus on the side
Perfect Steamed Asparagus (A Hedgehog in the Kitchen)
Instant Pot Bacon Wrapped Asparagus (Corrie Cooks)
Everyone knows bacon makes everything better. Got an asparagus-hater in your house? This could convert them!
Roasted Asparagus with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce (Cook Eat Paleo)
Easy Roasted Lemon Asparagus (Smart Savvy Living)
Lemon and asparagus are the epitome of spring flavors! One of my favorite ways to cook a simple side of asparagus.
Crispy Asparagus Fries (Dancing Through the Rain)
Asparagus. Fries. That should get your attention. 😉
GF Asparagus Fries (The Thrifty Couple)
Here’s a gluten-free asparagus fries recipe. 😊
Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Reduction (The Dinner Mom)
Besides lemon, balsamic is another favorite of ours to pair with asparagus. The addition of feta sounds divine!
Roasted Asparagus with Mushrooms (My Pure Plants)
Pan Fried Asparagus and Potatoes (Where is My Spoon?)
Sauteed Asparagus with Garlic, Butter & Parmesan (The Rising Spoon)
We hope you enjoy these healthy asparagus recipes for spring! If you want to bookmark, pin to your favorite Pinterest board for later!