Asparagus Recipes You Will Love
Here are three of our favorite asparagus recipes! Asparagus season generally falls between February and June, but reaches its peak right now in April. Asparagus is a superfood packed with antioxidants and vitamins and minerals including Vitamin E, K and folate. It is also a great source of fiber and a prebiotic food, which means it benefits our gut microbiomes by feeding the healthy bacteria in our gut. These asparagus recipes offer up a variety of Mediterranean asparagus preparations. Whether its a main ingredient in a traditional Cretan soup or a tasty side dish, asparagus is a delicious addition to any springtime meal. We hope you enjoy these asparagus recipes and that they inspire you to eat more of this tasty veggie.
Asparagus and Green Beans Soup (Island of Crete)
Koula Barydakis – “Asparagus grows wild in Crete. Our whole family would spend hours picking them. My Dad knew where to go to get them in large quantities. Because they were plentiful in the fields from fall to early spring, we had many different ways to prepare them. I especially love having them folded in an omelet with feta and tomatoes. We made many different soups with them including this one which is one of my all time favorites. Wild asparagus in Crete is thinner than what you will buy in most supermarkets, but thick or thin, asparagus makes this soup delicious!”
Sheet Pan Salmon with Asparagus, Lemon and Dill
Now I know a lot of you think salmon isn’t a Mediterranean food because it wasn’t traditionally eaten in the Mediterranean diet. While that may be true, times are changing and diets can change! Salmon is widely available in the Mediterranean today and while it may be imported, it just goes so well with Mediterranean flavors! This sheet pan salmon has been my go-to salmon recipe since I was a little kid. It really doesn’t get much simpler than this. Dill, lemon, and olive oil give the salmon a delicious taste without overpowering it. I fill up the sides of the sheet pan with whatever vegetable is in season. The asparagus in this sheet pan salmon recipe can be substituted with summer squash, zucchini, thinly sliced potatoes, eggplant or any other fast cooking vegetable.
Lemony Asparagus with Garlic
In early Spring, you can go for walks by the Connecticut River in Hadley, Massachusetts and pick the wild asparagus shooting up through the long blades of glass. Hadley is famous for it’s asparagus production and the asparagus in our region is commonly known as “Hadley grass”. Fresh asparagus doesn’t need much cooking to make it delicious. Here is one of my favorite quick ways to prepare it.