Want to Make the Most of Asparagus Season? 25 Sides & Salad Dishes Hearty Enough For A meal

We can’t get enough asparagus, and when their season hits, we gather them up and head to the kitchen. These 25 recipes are the best side dishes and salads, from classic grilled to unusual combinations, vegan and vegetarian, and even instructions on how to make the best white asparagus. Many of these recipes are hearty enough for a light main dish.

Roasted Carrots and Asparagus with Tarragon Butter

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Get ready to celebrate the flavors of spring and elevate your veggie side dish game with this easy roasted carrots and asparagus recipe featuring fresh tarragon herb butter and toasted pistachios. With just a handful of ingredients and a few

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Radishes

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This 15 minute Roasted Asparagus Salad is the ultimate spring side dish. Its oven roasted asparagus and radishes tossed with feta cheese, red onion, and lemon. It’s the perfect bite bursting with color, texture, and seasonal flavor! 

A great salad for Easter, Mother’s Day, or weeknight dinners. You’ll impress everyone with this beautiful and nutritious vegetable-forward side dish. Get the recipe.

Asparagus and Dill Chicken Salad

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Add some green to your usual chicken salad with our Fresh Veggie & Dill Chicken Salad! This recipe could be a main dish, or a side to a larger array. Gluten free, low carbGet the recipe. 

Baked Asparagus Fries

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Baked Asparagus Fries, a yummy, healthier version to French fries with a delicious mustard dipping sauce! The perfect recipe for an appetizer, side, and more! Get the recipe.

Golden Saffron Risotto with Asparagus

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This Golden Saffron Risotto with Asparagus is delicate and aromatic, filled with spring veggies like green asparagus, sweet peas and a touch of parmesan.

I wouldn’t dare to call this dish “Risotto alla Milanese” since it contains some asparagus and peas, but truth be told, it’s pretty similar. Also, the original Risotto alla Milanese is usually made with beef broth and is the only risotto generally not served as a “primo,” first course, but as a side dish. Usually served with Ossobuco, this risotto is the king of the North (…of Italy, not Westeros…). For this Saffron Risotto with Asparagus particular recipe, I consider it a “main meal,” but it could also be served as a Primo or side dish. Get the recipe.

Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus

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Enjoy this simple and fast dish pasta salad with orzo ready in just 20 minutes! With asparagus, tomatoes and feta, this fresh orzo salad is finished off with a lemon dressing and fresh herbs. Get the recipe. 

Prosciutto Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles

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Prosciutto Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles are perfect for parties! These puff pastry bundles are easy to make and can be enjoyed as an appetizer, as part of a brunch, or as a side dish, or main on their own. Get the recipe.

Vegan Asparagus Sushi Rolls

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These vegan asparagus sushi rolls are fresh and full of flavor! This vegan tempura batter is so light and crunchy. Pairing crisp asparagus with creamy avocado creates delicious and vibrantly green vegan sushi rolls. Stay in and make this easy homemade vegan sushi recipe that also happens to be gluten-free! Get the recipe.

Asparagus Casserole

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Asparagus Casserole has tender asparagus and mushrooms baked in a luscious Dijon cream sauce. This festive and colorful side dish is a variation of asparagus au gratin and perfect for a special dinner. Easy to make and so impressive in its simplicity. Get the recipe.

Quick Asparagus Fries

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Need a quick side dish for you family holiday meal? This is so easy to make but so tasty. Quick Asparagus Fries have just enough crunch to give you the feel of fries, but you are really eating your veggies. This would make a beautiful and different addition to your holiday table too. You can make these any day with a burger as well. Get the recipe.

Easy Asparagus Tart

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This asparagus tart made with puff pastry is a simple and delicious recipe that can work as a main course, with salad for a light lunch or cut into little pieces as a party appetizer. Get the recipe.

Cold Asparagus Salad With Strawberries

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This light and refreshing cold asparagus salad is a delicious way to add color and incredible flavor to dinners on warm summer nights. And it only takes fifteen minutes from start to finish! Get the recipe.

Bacon And Blue Cheese Asparagus 

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This simple bacon and blue cheese asparagus is perfect for holidays or date night! Topped with crispy bacon and creamy blue cheese for an easy side dish that’s simple to make but feels rich and elegant. Get the recipe.

Baked Boursin And Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus 

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This baked Boursin and prosciutto wrapped asparagus is creamy, cheesy, and full of flavor. This recipe takes roasted asparagus to a whole new level! Get the recipe.

Sheet Pan Roasted Carrots And Asparagus

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Sheet pan roasted carrots and asparagus are paired with a Dijon vinaigrette and lightly toasted almonds to make the ultimate side dish! This recipe is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. Get the recipe.

Cold Asparagus Tomato Salad with Avocado & Feta

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This asparagus tomato salad with avocado and feta is light, refreshing, and bursting with flavour! Marinated in a simple lemon vinaigrette, this cold asparagus salad recipeis a great make ahead option that can be made in less than 20 minutes! The perfect side dish to serve up at your next Spring or Summer BBQ, potluck or picnic! {Gluten-free & vegetarian} Get the recipe.

How To Cook White Asparagus

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German White Asparagus recipe (Spargel), the perfect Spring dish, is easy to cook and delicious. Serve with melted vegan butter. Get the recipe.

Air-Fryer Asparagus

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Just 10 minutes to make this tasty Air Fryer Asparagus, and it goes with any dinner recipe you can think of. It’s lightly flavored with a hint of garlic which makes it incredibly versatile. But you can also try our favorite option below with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a squeeze of fresh lemon. Perfectly tender and lightly browned with a hint of crispiness, this asparagus is a go-to side dish for any spring meal. Get the recipe.

How to Grill Asparagus to Perfection

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Learning how to grill asparagus is incredibly simple, and it’s a veggie that tastes fantastic with just about everything! Tender asparagus is an easy spring side dish, and perfect for Easter or any time when they are fresh at the market. Keep reading – I’ll show you how to grill perfectly tender spears every time, and in just 3 easy steps!! Get the recipe.

Asparagus Brunch Pizza

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I’m still not exactly sure WHY this egg topped pizza seemed appealing to me, but I carried the magazine around the grocery store and purchased all of the ingredients to go home and make one myself! Guess what? I LOVED it!! The asparagus and onions melted into the fontina cheese, and the egg mixed with the Parmigiano-Reggiano to create a “sauce” that pulled it all together…who knew? Get the recipe.

Spring Asparagus Salad with Crispy Prosciutto 

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Spring Asparagus Salad with Crispy Prosciutto is the perfect spring harvest salad! With asparagus in season, this hearty salad can be lunch or dinner on its own, or the perfect side dish for Easter! A fresh bed of salad greens is loaded with al dente asparagus, avocado, hard boiled eggs, goat cheese, oven-baked crispy prosciutto and a simple Lemon Herb Salad Dressing! Get the recipe.

Smoked Asparagus

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Try this mouthwatering Traeger smoked asparagus recipe. It’s versatile and flavorful, and comes together in no time, and requires minimal cleanup, making it the perfect addition to any meal. The smoky flavor profile of the asparagus is complemented perfectly by the salty parmesan and bacon, making for an amazing combination. Get the recipe.

Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Risotto

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You are going to love this Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Risotto. No more sweating over the stove – this Instant Pot method is the easiest way to make risotto! Made with arborio rice, asparagus, freshly grated Parmesan and lemon, this is a delicious vegetarian meal or side dish. Get the recipe.

Roasted Asparagus With Marinated Tomato Salad

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This salad is perfect for the end of Spring/Beginning of Summer. Asparagus is still in season and cherry tomatoes are popping up at farmer’s markets all over. The combination of slightly charred asparagus and sweet, juicy tomatoes is really delicious and then top it off with Parmesan and fresh basil? Perfection! Get the recipe.

Shaved Asparagus Salad

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This shaved asparagus salad is a springtime favorite! Peppery arugula, creamy goat cheese and raw asparagus are tossed in a fresh lemony vinaigrette to make a delicious side dish sure to impress! Get the recipe.

Springtime Bliss: Indulge In 27 Delectable Asparagus Appetizers, Soups & Main Dishes

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It’s time for asparagus! It is a brief season, so we eat them as often as we can, and now with this roundup of 27 appetizer, soup and main dish recipes you will be endlessly inspired. We have low carb, vegan, 30-minute recipes, gluten-free, grilled, roasted, fancy dishes, easy dishes, and have even thrown in basic grilling instructions. READ: Springtime Bliss: Indulge In 27 Delectable Asparagus Appetizers, Soups & Main Dishes

20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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 Here are 20 of our favorite side dishes to pair with burgers, from oven-baked fries (2 kinds), green salads to hearty potato and pasta sides, even a quick stovetop mac and cheese. READ: 20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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