An easy low carb asparagus recipe from the oven – This flavorful oven-roasted asparagus with aromatic cherry tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar, vegan feta and toasted almonds is super quick and easy to make and incredibly delicious!
Vegan Oven-Roasted Asparagus with Tomatoes
I’ve already showed you how to cook asparagus in the pot. So today I show you how to cook asparagus in the oven, which I love as the flavor is more concentrated than it would be if you steamed or sautéed it. The oven method is very simple, requires little effort and yields lightly browned, crisp-tender asparagus every single time. You can use both green asparagus and white asparagus plus desired additional veggies when making this recipe. Drizzled with the aromatic garlic balsamic vinaigrette, the roasted asparagus will be super flavorful and irresistibly delicious!
The best and easiest way to cook asparagus
The recipe is not only simple, but also very versatile! Oven-roasted asparagus can be combined wonderfully not only with tomatoes, but also with other vegetables! You can also taste and season the vinaigrette as you like. Fresh herbs from the garden like rosemary or thyme or a pinch of chili would round off the marinade perfectly.
Quick and easy side dish for lunch or dinner
By the way, roasting asparagus in the oven is also very time-saving, because it requires only 5 minutes of prep time. While the veggies are cooking in the oven, you can prepare the other dishes for your meal. So it’s the perfect no-fuss side dish when guests come to visit! The baked asparagus can be served classically with boiled potatoes and vegan hollandaise sauce, but it also goes well with many other dishes such as asparagus risotto, crispy spiral potatoes, wild garlic pull-apart bread or French fries.
- Asparagus: I prefer green asparagus because it’s quick to prepare as no peeling is required. However, the recipe also works with white asparagus. Just make sure to peel it properly.
- Cherry tomatoes: are optional, but I find fruity tomatoes complement roasted asparagus perfectly! Of course you can add other vegetables to the asparagus like potatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli, brussels sprouts, green beans, fennel or corn cobs.
- Olive oil: or other vegetable oil like butter flavored canola oil or Vegan Butter.
- Balsamic vinegar: tastes best to me personally, but you can also use white wine vinegar or omit the vinegar completely. You can also just top off asparagus with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
- Agave syrup: or another sweetener like maple syrup, vegan honey or sugar.
- Garlic cloves: or finely chopped onions. Wild garlic is also a great alternative!
- Salt and black pepper: or other Mediterranean spices and herbs to taste.
- Vegan feta: or sprinkle with shredded dairy-free cheese, vegan mozzarella or vegan parmesan cheese. If you like it creamier, you can also use cashew ricotta or vegan sour cream / creme fraiche.
- Slivered almonds: or other nuts or seeds such as walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts. For a nut-free version, pine nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds are suitable.
- Lamb’s lettuce: or arugula, spinach or chard or any other fresh lettuce or green leafy vegetables. Radishes, cress or a fresh homemade pesto are also a great addition!
As always, I recommend watching the recipe video and checking out this step-by-step instructions first. Then you’ll find the full recipe with exact measurements in the recipe card below!
Step 1: Prepare asparagus and tomatoes
Start by properly prepping the asparagus stalks. Wash the asparagus spears, trim off the woody ends and peel the bottom third if needed. Then spread in a single layer on an lightly oiled baking sheet. Wash the tomatoes and place them on top or between the asparagus spears.
Step 2: Mix with the vinaigrette and bake.
Now prepare the vinaigrette marinade by mixing olive oil, balsamic vinegar, agave syrup, garlic and some salt and pepper. Then drizzle over the asparagus and tomatoes and toss gently. Now spread the vegan feta cubes for more protein on top and put the vegetables in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Then sprinkle with slivered almonds and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the asparagus has reached the desired texture.
Step 3: Serve!
Once the oven-roasted asparagus and tomatoes are tender, remove the sheet out of the oven and serve with fresh lamb’s lettuce, lemon slices with any side dishes like baked potatoes, risotto or fresh homemade bread. Enjoy your meal!
Asparagus takes longer in the oven than in the pot, but it’s super straightforward to prepare. In principle, green asparagus cooks faster than white asparagus, but the cooking time in the oven basically depends on the thickness of the asparagus spears and how tender you want them to be. In this recipe, I used medium thin asparagus spears and baked them for about 20 minutes total time. When I prepare the recipe with thicker asparagus or white asparagus, it takes an average of 30 minutes.
It is best to test with a knife in between. If it no longer feels hard when you cut into the end of the asparagus, it is ready. A slight resistance indicates that it is firm to the bite. If you prefer the asparagus to be softer, you can simply leave it in the oven longer.
Yes! You can also grill the marinated asparagus on a gas grill. Just make sure to cover the sheet with an heat-proof lid or aluminum foil. Just like the oven method, you don’t need to parboil or blanch the asparagus before grilling.
This roasted asparagus will taste best the day it’s made. However, if you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Asparagus is also especially delicious with a crunchy topping like my grandma and mom used to make at home! Simply melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan and fry 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs until golden brown. Then spread on the asparagus before serving! This tastes so delicious and definitely brings back childhood memories!
This Vegan Oven Roasted Asparagus recipe is:
- Quick and easy
- Rich in vitamin c
- Low calorie
- Ideal for Meal Prep
- Perfect as a side dish for lunch or dinner!
More delicious Asparagus Recipes
- Lemon Pasta with Asparagus
- Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles
- Creamy Asparagus Risotto
- Vegan Hollandaise Sauce
- Pasta Primavera
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Roasted Asparagus - How to Roast Asparagus in the OvenAuthor:
- 17.6 oz (500 g) asparagus green or white
- 2 cups (300 g) cherry tomatoes optional (*see here)
- 3 tbsp olive oil or canola oil or vegan butter
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar or other vinegar or lemon juice
- 1 tbsp agave syrup or other sweetener
- 1-2 cloves of garlic or finely chopped onion
- salt & pepper to taste
- ⅔ cup (100 g) vegan feta or dairy-free shredded cheese, cashew ricotta or sour cream / creme fraiche
- ½ cup (30 g) slivered almonds or other nuts or seeds
To serve (optional)
- 1-2 handfuls of lamb's lettuce or baby spinach or arugula
*Note: Feel free to watch the recipe video and check out the step-by-step pictures above!
- Preheat the oven to 392 °F (200 °C). Lightly grease a small deep baking tray or baking dish with a little oil.
- Wash the asparagus and cut off the woody ends, peeling the lower third if necessary. Wash the tomatoes as well and spread them on the prepared baking sheet with the asparagus spears.
- Pour olive oil, balsamic vinegar and agave syrup in a cup. Press in the garlic, season with a little salt and pepper and mix everything together. Drizzle the marinade over the asparagus and tomatoes. Spread the vegan feta on top and bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with slivered almonds and bake for another 10 minutes, until asparagus is tender (the total cooking time depends on the type and thickness of the asparagus spears).
- Be sure to check out Grandma's recipe tip!
- You can also grill the asparagus as described here.
- Lots of helpful tips and more information as well as recipe variations and storing notes are mentioned in the blog post above!
- -> Here you will find everything you need to know about asparagus!
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