Fresh asparagus is a sign of spring and these vegan asparagus recipes are wholesome, fresh and light in taste! From soup, pasta or a side dish this roundup of delectable recipes will help you make the best asparagus all season long.
Vegan Recipes with Asparagus
Spring is here and for most of us that means asparagus is starting to appear at the grocery store! While these days we can buy it year round, it is most fresh during the months of February to June with April being peak season. In Michigan, it starts to pop up at farmers markets from early May to June.
While roasted asparagus is a favorite, there are so many more ways to prepare it! These savory asparagus dishes include soups, sides, pasta dishes and more. Take those boring asparagus stalks from bland to glam with these vegan asparagus recipes!
How to Choose Asparagus
The best asparagus is firm, not too slender, vibrant and not wrinkly. The tips should be plump and green and if the ends of your asparagus are shriveled that is a sure sign it is past the peak. At the store look over your asparagus bundle carefully. The outside stalks may look good, but the inside stalks may be mushy.
The most common type of asparagus found is green asparagus although white asparagus and purple asparagus varieties are becoming more easily to find these days. White asparagus tends to be pricier while purple asparagus is sweeter in taste.
While asparagus is best ate within 2-3 days of purchasing, there are times you may need to store it longer. There are two ways you can store asparagus. Wrap the ends of the asparagus bundle in a damp paper towel and store in a produce bag in your refrigerator. Another common way is store refrigerated standing upright in a glass jar filled with 2-3 inches of cold water.
To prepare asparagus for a recipe you first need to prep it with a few simple steps.
Rinse the asparagus in cold water.
Cut off an inch of the bottom part of the stem. You can also just snap the ends off as well, although sometimes you can snap too much of the stem off which is why I prefer cutting to snapping.
The ends look tough you can peel them off with a vegetable peeler. It’s tedious but your vegan asparagus recipe will taste so much better.
The asparagus is now ready to steam, sauté, oven roast, grill, bake, blanch, pickle or enjoy raw.
When is asparagus season?
While you can find asparagus year round, it is best in season from February to June. It’s peak seasons in most areas are during April and May. I love those first asparagus hauls in the spring when asparagus is sourced locally and fresh!
Is asparagus healthy?
Yes! Asparagus is high in folate, a B vitamin and also contains vitamins E, A and C. This vegetable is also a great source of fiber and potassium.
Should you soak asparagus before cooking?
This really depends on how you plan to use your asparagus. If using in a recipe, no. If you are grilling it, baking it or roasting it a quick soak in salty water can add a lot of flavor.
Vegan Asparagus Recipes
Sautéed Asparagus with Ginger and Orange from Cooked Loved is bursting with flavor and the perfect side dish for dinner.
Fresh parsley, basil and lemon give this dairy free lemon pesto buddha bowl a light and flavorful taste! Paired with white beans for protein and grilled vegetables, your tastebuds will be delighted bite after bite when you serve this vegan nourishing bowl for lunch or dinner!
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