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Are you ready for spring and all the delicious and fresh recipes that go with it? Here are some simple recipes for asparagus appetizers to try!
Asparagus Appetizers Recipes
Springtime means that fresh spring veggies are finally in season and ready for all of us to enjoy (at the best prices they will be all year!). Asparagus is a favorite around our home for and appetizer or a side dish. I will get it from the store when I find it on sale. I also love to find it growing wild in the ditches!
One of the best parts about cooking fresh asparagus spears is that you don’t need much prep time for any dish you are going to make with it. My very favorite way to make it is to make roasted asparagus. I drizzle it with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, grill it until it’s bright green, and serve it with a little salt. So tasty!
Asparagus can be one of the more tricky vegetables to cook with, not because of its flavor but because of the odd shape and texture of the asparagus spears. Today I’m sharing this wonderful list of delicious Asparagus Appetizer Recipes with you so that you have a variety of dishes to choose from the next time you want to make it!
Why Should You Eat Asparagus?
Asparagus is a healthy vegetable that’s full of fiber and high in vitamins C and E. It’s a great source of folate and one of the best natural sources of Vitamin K. The fiber it contains can help with gut health as well as help to keep you feeling full so you don’t turn to as many carbohydrates.
When Are Asparagus Bad?
It’s pretty easy to know when some asparagus spears have gone bad. They will become slimy and soft and not hold their firm texture anymore. At that point, it’s time to feed them to your chickens or add them to your garden compost.
Keeping Asparagus in the fridge in water or in one of these Produce Keepers will be the best way to make it last as long as possible.
If you are looking for asparagus appetizer recipes (or just spring appetizer recipes in general!), I’ve got a list for you! I focused on the healthier, “lighter” asparagus recipes for springtime and not those covered in dough/puff pastry/cream cheese/etc. These are nice, simple, clean recipes that will work for most diets!
Recipes for Asparagus Appetizers
Lemon Pepper Asparagus
Lemon Pepper Asparagus is a very simple way to cook up your asparagus with a splash of flavor. I love this recipe because it only uses 3 main ingredients. So simple!
Roasting Asparagus is probably my favorite way to make the veggie because it brings out the best flavor. Plus, it’s another dish for which you only need a small handful of ingredients!
If you are like me and crave fresh and cool veggie dishes in the spring and summer, you might enjoy this recipe for Asparagus Salad.
Prosciutto Asparagus Spears
If you are looking for a salty appetizer fix, these Easy Prosciutto Asparagus Spears might be a great recipe for brunch. You only need 5 ingredients which means you know it’s going to be easy.
Who can say no to yummy, crispy pickles? If you have more asparagus than you can eat right away, you can always make Asparagus Pickles. The taste and texture is similar to that of regular pickles but they tend to hold their crunch and bite a little better than a cucumber.
If your family enjoys a soup appetizer, they might like a bowl of Cream of Asparagus Soup. The recipe only uses a few basic ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. You could sprinkle a few pine nuts on top for a little texture as well if you have them.
Here’s another delicious asparagus recipe that could be used for either an appetizer or a full meal. (I would serve it with some slices of garlic bread, ie: bread topped with melted butter, garlic, and parsley, to make it a summertime meal.) This Asparagus Pasta Saute includes asparagus and several other delicious early spring veggies. This would look so pretty on a nice serving platter on the table.
Cheesy Baked Asparagus
If your family loves anything with cheese on it, they might enjoy this Cheesy Baked Asparagus Appetizer! I love that it only needs 5 ingredients and a little time to bake in the oven. This might taste good with a bit of fresh basil added as well.
Garlic Parmesan Asparagus
I will eat just about anything with garlic, so this Garlic Parmesan Asparagus is my perfect appetizer. This appetizer can be made quickly with just 3 ingredients (garlic, parmesan cheese, and asparagus stalks), a baking sheet, and some salt and pepper!
Strawberry Balsamic Asparagus
If you want to get in a dose of veggies and fruits in one easy appetizer and love balsamic vinegar, you might want to check out this recipe and instructions for Strawberry Balsamic Asparagus.
How to Keep Asparagus in the Fridge
If you are having trouble keeping your asparagus fresh in the fridge until you have a chance to cook it, you might want to look into one of these simple Asparagus Keepers. You can also use them to store fresh herbs until you need them, but they also work great for fresh asparagus.
More Springtime Recipes
- Easy Rhubarb Recipes for Spring
- Homemade Catalina Dressing Recipe
- Rhubarb Buttermilk Cake
- Crispy Peas Snack
What are some of your favorite ways to cook asparagus and what are your favorite asparagus appetizer recipes?
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This blog post with Asparagus Appetizers Recipes was originally posted on Little House Living in April 2016. It has been updated as of April 2023.