With this comprehensive collection of more than 20 Vegan Asparagus Recipes, you'll discover the best ways to enjoy this delicious vegetable . You'll find everything from soups and salads to side dishes and main courses. Plus tips for prepping and storing!
Nothing says spring like fresh asparagus. While these days it's easier to find this popular vegetable in supermarkets practically year round, peak season in the United States occurs in April and May.
Asparagus spears can be thin or thick. Both cook relatively quickly, no matter what method you use.
The easiest way to prep asparagus for cooking is to snap off the woody ends by gently bending each spear. Then you can use them to make a variety of vegan asparagus recipes.
Here I'm sharing my favorites for enjoying this tender green veggie, including salads, soups, side dishes, and main dishes.
Why you'll love these recipes
- They showcase the versatility of fresh asparagus.
- They are naturally vegan and can be made gluten-free.
- They include the best vegan asparagus recipes for salads, soups, side dishes, and mains.
While there are multiple ways to cook asparagus, 5 of the best ways include blanching, roasting in the oven, sauteing in a pan on the stove, air frying, and using an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker. You can also grill asparagus in foil or without foil, sous vide it, pickle it, or ferment it.
The ends of the spears are tough and woody, so it's best to remove them for most recipes. But you can save them for making my friend Eric's soup with asparagus ends. (Omit the Parmigiano-Reggiano rinds to make this recipe vegan.)
Fresh asparagus will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Keep the rubber bands on and cut off the very bottoms. Place the ends in a cup of water like you would a bouquet of flowers. (A 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup works great for this.) Loosely cover with a plastic bag and place in the refrigerator.
Fresh asparagus can be frozen for later use. First blanch it to preserve the color and texture. Next freeze the spears in a single layer on a tray, then transfer to a freezer bag. When you're ready to use it, cook it from frozen. Do not defrost it first.
Vegan asparagus salad recipes
For using in salads, asparagus can be blanched, roasted, or kept raw. These easy vegan asparagus recipes showcase these different options.
Asparagus Avocado Salad is quick to make with only 5 simple ingredients. It's a delicious blend of textures and flavors. Crisp asparagus and creamy avocado combined with fresh mint and lime create a delightful salad that's both refreshing and satisfying.
Roasted Asparagus Green Salad from Wholefood Soulfood Kitchen is a beautiful mix of leafy greens and warm roasted asparagus with a lemony dressing. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds, cucumber, and radishes add additional flavor and crunch.
This Fresh Spring Salad from Strength and Sunshine is crisp and crunchy thanks to asparagus, sugar snap peas, and radishes. And it's full of fresh flavor from arugula, lemon, and fresh herbs.
Vegan asparagus soup recipes
The texture of asparagus works particularly well in creamy vegan soups. And reserving some of the tips makes a wonderful garnish.
Creamy Asparagus Soup from Debra Klein is silky and comforting. Instead of dairy it features cauliflower and parsnips which are roasted and blended. Top it with some extra asparagus for even more flavor and texture.
You will love the combination of flavors in this Creamy White Bean, Asparagus & Dill Soup from Connoisseurus Veg. It's easy to make on the stove in 30 minutes or less.
Asparagus Spinach Soup from Veggie Chick is not only a feast for the eyes, but for the palate as well. It's rich and creamy thanks to raw cashews.
Asparagus and mushrooms are a match made in heaven in this creamy and hearty Asparagus Mushroom Soup from Get Set Vegan. The sauteed vegetables on top make it feel extra fancy, but it's easy to make in 30 minutes.
If you love the convenience of making soup in your pressure cooker, this Vegan Instant Pot Asparagus Soup from Piping Pot Curry is for you. A squeeze of lemon at the end brings out the fresh flavor of the asparagus.
Vegan asparagus side dish recipes
These asparagus side dishes pop thanks to seasonings and sauces. They're easy to prepare, even on busy weeknights.
Chilled Sesame Asparagus is easy to make with only a handful of ingredients in under 30 minutes. This recipe features a delicious sesame vinaigrette that's inspired by Asian flavors and perfectly complements the asparagus without overwhelming its natural taste.
The key to preparing Balsamic Roasted New Potatoes with Asparagus from Wallflower Kitchen is to roast the potatoes halfway though and then add the asparagus so that they both come out tender and perfectly cooked. A splash of balsamic adds a subtle sweetness.
Oven Baked Asparagus Fries from Veggies Don't Bite are crispy, crunchy, and a family-friendly way to eat your vegetables. They are cooked in the oven instead of deep fried and are delicious with a variety of sauces for dipping.
Clean Plate Mama elevates simple roasted vegetables to another level in this Easy Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Tahini Sauce recipe. This easy side dish goes well with just about everything.
Asparagus with Dijon Mustard from Cook Eat World shows how a simple vinaigrette complements and elevates the flavors of pan-fried asparagus. If you're a fan of mustard, you won't want to miss this dish.
Roasted Asparagus with Pico de Gallo from Fit Meal Ideas features the vegetable cooked without oil. Then it's topped with a fresh salsa made with tomatoes, onion, and serrano pepper.
Vegan asparagus main dish recipes
Asparagus is distinctive enough to be the star of the dinner table. Try it in pasta, stir fry, tacos, one-pot meals, and more.
With just 4 simple ingredients, it's easy to create a deliciously creamy vegan pasta dish that's both oil-free and dairy-free. Ready in just 20 minutes, Vegan Lemon Cream Pasta with Asparagus is an easy yet luxurious meal that's perfect for both casual weeknight dinners and special occasions.
Asparagus is a wonderful addition to this Shiitake Asparagus Tofu Stir-fry from Plant-Based on a Budget. And you can make this satisfying meal in less than 15 minutes!
Vegan Asparagus Risotto from Zardyplants is made with Italian herbs, lemon, and vegan parmesan cheese. While it's a complete meal on its own, it's wonderful served with portobello mushroom steaks.
Comforting and substantial, this One-Pot Lentil Quinoa with Asparagus and Peas from VNutrition is seasoned with lemon and Dijon mustard. This complete vegan meal is high in protein.
Tex-Mex Vegan Roasted Fajitas feature a blend of asparagus, mushrooms, and bell peppers tossed in a homemade seasoning mix for a flavorful and satisfying dish. Enjoy them with tortillas, beans, and your favorite toppings.
Asparagus Coconut Curry from Where Is My Spoon features sweet potatoes, carrots, and peas. This flavorful curry is seasoned with garlic, ginger, and garam masala.
Asparagus is the perfect addition to these Vegan Tacos with Refried Cannellini Beans from Eat Love Eat. Serve them with pickled red onions and your favorite toppings.
This Pesto Quinoa Bowl from ShortGirlTallOrder features roasted asparagus, corn, and mushrooms. Make the pesto yourself or use store-bought for this complete meal in a bowl.
Preparing this delicious Vegan Lemon Asparagus Orzo with Chickpeas is a breeze! You only need one pot, 5 simple ingredients, and 30 minutes. It's a complete and satisfying meal perfect for busy weeknights and make-ahead dinners.
Asparagus is a versatile vegetable that's easy to incorporate into a variety of dishes. You can add it to salads, blend it into soups, serve it as a side, or create a complete main dish meal around it.
I hope you pick up some asparagus the next time you're at your local supermarket or farmers market so you can enjoy these easy vegan asparagus recipes.
Leave a comment below and let me know which ones you like the best!
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