7 Asparagus Recipes To Make Your Mouth Water This Spring — Because This Vegetable Is Surprisingly Delicious

Before you write off asparagus recipes, let's settle in for a little history lesson, shall we? When he founded the Roman Empire in 27 BC, Augustus had his work cut out for him: His uncle, Julius Caesar, had just been murdered (by his supposed pal, no less). Large portions of Europe and Africa remained outside his grasp. And — perhaps most importantly — he had to figure out how to keep his empire rolling in asparagus.

Beloved for its exceptional flavor and diuretic properties, the Romans consumed mass amounts of the vegetable. To meet demands, Augustus had to found the Asparagus Fleet — a charge of boats tasked only with finding the world's finest asparagus. The phrase "faster than cooking asparagus" even became a common expression, used to describe a swift and easy conquest.

Well, the Romans got it right — asparagus rocks. And as we move into spring, there's never been a better time to incorporate it into your daily routine. Follow these seven, simple recipes to include the veggie in every meal.

Image: How Sweet It Is

Miso Ginger Asparagus

The perfect side dish to any Asian-themed meal, this recipe mixes miso and ginger for a light, yet pungent, taste.

Image and recipe: Steamy Kitchen

Baked Asparagus Fries

Consider this as the healthy alternative to anything deep-fried.

Image and recipe: Damn Delicious

Asparagus With Egg And Cheese

For once, cheese isn’t the star of the meal. Asparagus steals the show in this gorgeous dish.

Image and recipe: A Steamy Kitchen

Bacon-Wrapped Sesame Asparagus

Add a poached egg on top, and you’ve got the perfect Sunday brunch!

Image and recipe: How Sweet It Is

Slow Butter Braised Asparagus

This ultra simple recipe douses the vegetable in butter, lemon, garlic, and shallots before topping it with shaved parmesan.

Image and recipe: Steamy Kitchen

Burrata And Roasted Asparagus Salad

This fresh take on the classic Italian caprese is worthy of the Roman Empire.

Image and recipe: Foodie Crush

Asparagus And Feta Fritters

Use this recipe as an easy side dish, as an appetizer, or as a crispy brunch delight (with a fried egg on top).

Image and recipe: Closet Cooking