Parmesan cheese adds a richness to these garlic and lemon flavored asparagus spears. They make the perfect spring and Easter side dish.
Easter is less that a week away!
Are you excited for family meals and Easter egg hunts?
Easter Side Dish Inspiration
If you’re still looking for dinner inspiration, today we have a perfect side for a classic Easter veggie, and we’ll be sharing some easy side dishes to complete your table!
When it comes to holidays, my Dad’s family is very much full of tradition followers. I could tell you 70-80% of what will be in their spread for any given holiday.
We love it because it lets us get excited about the “Easter foods,” and they just make the meal feel like Easter.
The funny thing is, they don’t serve asparagus for Easter.
For them, asparagus is a Christmas vegetable.
Parmesan Garlic Asparagus for Spring
But, asparagus is very much a spring vegetable. (And, if we ever thaw out up here, we’ll start seeing the sprouts poke their little heads above ground any day.)
To celebrate our anticipation of spring, we put together a simple and spring-y asparagus side dish. By sauteing blanched asparagus with fragrant garlic and a pinch of lemon you infuse the crisp asparagus with bright flavor.
A grating of fresh Parmesan cheese adds a richness to the dish, rounding out the slight pucker of the lemon juice and creating a perfect side to go with your Easter ham, or whatever main dish graces your table.
More Easter Side Dishes
Whether your Easter dinner is a formal affair or casual buffet, here are some other side dishes inspired by the flavors of spring:
Parmesan and Garlic Asparagus
- 1 lb asparagus spears, woody base inch removed
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp salt
- dash ground black pepper
- ¼ c Parmesan cheese
- Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add asparagus spears and boil 2 minutes, just until spears are bright green and float to the top. Remove spears and place on a paper towel to pat dry.
- In a large, non-stick skillet, heat oil. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 min. Add asparagus and sauté over medium high heat for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and toss with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.