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. This method is the same as for blanching green beans, but only requires 1 to 2 minutes of boiling before transferring the spears to an ice bath. 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.
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.
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.
Vegan asparagus side dish recipes
These asparagus side dishes pop thanks to seasonings and sauces. They're easy to prepare, even on busy weeknights.
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.
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 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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