Avocado Asparagus Tartine

Avocado Asparagus Tartine Recipe

I'm a bit distracted. In the best way possible. In the way I get now and then when I'm excited about an idea or a prospect. It started in Portland last month, when I had a happenstance chat with a couple of ladies I admire very much. They gave me the little nudge I needed to start thinking more seriously about a project I'd been casually tossing around in the back of my mind for years. Something fun, something related to what I already do, but something I haven't (exactly) tried before. Vague, I know. It's early in the process. Anyway, the rabbit hole is deep, and I feel like I'm way down in it. I've been caught up in inspiration boards, and ideas, and list-making, and all the things that happen when an idea shifts from the abstract to "let's try it?"...Correspondingly, meals have been scavenged from whatever ingredients are within eight feet of where I'm currently sitting. Which, let's be honest, doesn't always yield something I'm proud of. That said, lunch on Monday was pretty great, and dead simple. I smeared avocado across toasted day-old slabs of sesame bread, layered a bit of arugula and a few stalks of garlicky caraway-sprinkled asparagus on that, then finished it up with a few pepitas.

Avocado Asparagus Tartine RecipeAvocado Asparagus Tartine RecipeAvocado Asparagus Tartine Recipe

These little open-faced tartines took less than ten minutes to pull together, and ended up being the epitome of spring. I suspect I'll be eating more of them in the coming weeks. Give them a try, and in the meantime, I'm going to try and make a few things happen on this end so I can share a more details related to what I've been up to. xo -h


Avocado Asparagus Tartine

You can actually slice each tartine into four or five bite-sized pieces for a nice appetizer option as well.

4 toasted slabs of whole grain bread, rubbed with olive oil and a bit of garlic

1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lb of asparagus stalks, trimmed roughly the length of your bread
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds

1 avocado, pitted and smashed
a couple handfuls of arugula, tossed in a bit of olive oil

a handful of toasted pepitas, or almonds, or sunflower seeds

A few minutes before you want to eat heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot add the asparagus, and a pinch of salt and cook for about thirty seconds. Add the garlic and caraway, and cook another thirty seconds, or until the spears are a vibrant green. Remove from heat, and assembly the tartines.

Give each piece of bread a generous slather of mashed avocado. Top that with a bit of arugula, a few asparagus spears, and a generous sprinkling of pepitas or seeds.

Serves 2-4

Prep time: 5 min - Cook time: 5 min

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April 11, 2012

Thanks! Nice and easy recipe!


April 11, 2012

I have to locate my caraway seeds; this sounds so tasty! I've never had asparagus with avocado but I imagine it's fantastic. Must try sometime.


April 11, 2012

Looks delicious! Asparagus is one of my favorite things about spring.


April 11, 2012

I've never thought to pair avocado with asparagus -- looks delish!


April 11, 2012

So mysterious! Can't wait to see what you're up to. Best of luck with manifesting whatever vision it is you're holding.


April 11, 2012

Green on green - like it.

I can't wait to hear/see what you have become interested in!


April 11, 2012

A simple and beautiful lunch. Asparagus does taste best when cooked to "vibrant green"!


Averie @ Averie Cooks
April 11, 2012

They look wonderful..love the green/brown contrast and the pattern underneath them on the cookie sheet is so cool. Beautiful photography showcasing simple yet elegant food!


April 11, 2012

Oh, I can't wait until spring is here in the Northeast. What I wouldn't give for some fresh asparagus!


Lynn Russell
April 11, 2012

Hello, friend. This looks simple and delicious and will surely be made around here, soon. Along similar lines, I'm thinking of fava beans cooked in olive oil until tender, coarsely mashed. That paired with asparagus and a few slivers of parmesan to top it all off. Lovely, right?


Maria @ Orchard Bloom
April 11, 2012

I have all these ingredients! I know what I'l be eating for lunch tomorrow. Thanks!


April 11, 2012

your recipes are always so simple yet there is so much flavor going on, i love it.
this sounds absolutely delicious.


I too often use the scavenging method for throwing together a meal, as well. Hey, sometimes it does work great - like this one! Keen to hear more about this new project when you're ready to share.


April 11, 2012

I'm all for dead simple lunches. I frequently reach for avocado for that reason.


April 11, 2012

If I were near, I would have made you an extra share of food tonight since you are busy! ...I started a CSK in little nevada city that launched today! Yay! And, of course I am part of the bazillion people that are thrilled to see what your next amazing creation will be. If you need any help or volunteers I'm in! xoxo ps..kale pesto was on my menu today :)


April 12, 2012

Oooh you tease ;-) Am dying to hear more about your new project now! xx


April 12, 2012

What a lovely idea! I do love avocado on toast and can't wait until asparagus comes in to season here in the UK so I can try this out :)


I LOVE tartines!! These look delicious. Can't wait to hear what your new project is!!


thinking of the days
April 12, 2012

yes the tartines look nice, but am far more interested in the project! Sounds intriguing....and possibly life enhancing...
And Ioved the line "a happenstance chat"....never heard of that word before....


April 12, 2012

Perfect for a refreshing lunch! Thank you.


April 12, 2012

Heidi, every time your subscription emails arrive in my inbox, I always look forward to what you have in store for your readers. I just love this recipe, and will make it along with poached eggs in May for the opening of my B&B season. It's absolutely perfect. Grazie mille. :)


The Grazer
April 12, 2012

Love a new recipe for 'things on toast' as I call it, I'm building up quite a catalogue, this looks lovely.

Anna x


April 12, 2012

I love the elegant simplicity of this.


I love this! It looks so fresh and tasty. The epitome of spring, indeed.
Thank you Heidi, I will be making this as soon as I get my hands on some asparagus.


Belinda @zomppa
April 12, 2012

LOVING this! Since it's asparagus season, always looking for great things to do with them. Just found one!


This is just filled with goodness! I love it!


April 12, 2012

Two of the best ingredients in the world! Great combo and can't wait to hear details about your project.


April 12, 2012

I can't wait to hear what you are up to! I have no doubts that it will be brilliant! xo


April 12, 2012

I'm on a tartine kick myself, and was just mulling over an asparagus version! This is a lovely recipe.


Simply Life
April 12, 2012

oh my gosh, these look incredible! what a perfect spring dish!


This is PERFECT now that asparagus is in season! Very nice recipe!


April 12, 2012

Good luck in that rabbit hole! I made your broccolini salad on Easter weekend. It was wonderful. The tartine looks great. Will have to replace the avocado as I'm allergic to it. Maybe I can use a spreadable cheese like goat?

HS: Absolutely Kathleen!


April 12, 2012

Heidi, these are lovely. I'm really excited about cooking springtime meals again, and I can't wait to give these a go. I eagerly await more details about this mysterious project of yours. Cooking show? (I really hope so!)


April 12, 2012

Lovely! Smashed avocado on toast is my go-to light dinner when I don't want to really cook. Can't wait to hear more details of your project!


April 12, 2012

oh you stinker!!Can't wait to hear.Don't leave us hanging as long as the cliffhanger on DALLAS,that was a long summer.


Tracy A.
April 12, 2012

Absolutely gorgeous photo!


la domestique
April 12, 2012

I can't wait to read more about this project! The avocado-asparagus tartine looks like a lovely lunch for one.


Cookie and Kate
April 12, 2012

I just found lunch! I have avocado, asparagus and arugula in my fridge right now. I wouldn't have thought to combine them all in this way!

I can totally relate to getting swept up in a new project, it's exhilarating and a little bit scary. So eager to learn more!


April 12, 2012

oh, fun, fun. happy meandering!

until then, yum. smeared avocados + toast are already an ace dish, but add asparagus, and we've an ace in the hole. i imagine a good squeeze of lemon would sit nicely, plus perhaps a crumble of minced hard-boiled egg. only if within eight feet of arms reach, of course.


April 12, 2012

Wow, these are just beautiful!


April 12, 2012

Hey me too I am in a rabbit hole AND I happen to have avocado and asparagus from last night. Done!
PS: you are not going to put that out there and then not even give the slightest hint of what you are doing, are you?!


April 12, 2012

These look great! When I make them I'll be toasting the bread, probably in the same pan that I cook the asparagus in:)


April 12, 2012

Heidi, I picked up Super Natural Every Day about a month ago and have since become a devoted follower of your work. Your recipes are divine and have given me new inspiration in the kitchen on an otherwise mundane weeknight. I've passed along your blog to a few of my vegetarian friends and we all agree it's a total gem. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us :)


April 12, 2012

Hey Heidi!
I'm so excited for you and your new adventure planning. Isn't it lovely to get the nudge you needed by people who you admire- like your friends who sound super encouraging?? Good for you lady!


April 12, 2012

Whetting my appetite, in more ways than one...


Jill @ 42potatoes
April 12, 2012

Can't wait to hear more about your project! This sounds like the perfect little lunch. I made some avocado cilantro hummus yesterday, and have asparagus ready for me in the fridge.... Thank you for the inspiration!


April 12, 2012

I will be making this recipe for sure, they look lovely. Thank you:)


April 12, 2012

The simplicity of this is just flooring me :) Can't wait to try - I love tartines...I have wild leeks growing in my back yard I might add them!


April 12, 2012

Isn't it wonderful how the French manage to make everything sound sexy--even crusty toast with toppings? One day, when I open my very own bakery I'm definitely putting a tartine du jour on the menu. Super simple comfort food.


April 12, 2012

Looks amazing - is there a recipe for the bread too? I've gotten on a bread kick and would love to make this one


Without Bacon
April 12, 2012

Looks great! We're just getting into asparagus season here, so this is definitely something I'd like to try. I just had a great asparagus risotto about two weeks ago (which I wrote up on my vegetarian food blog, http://withoutbacon.wordpress.com). I also like tossing asparagus in a little olive oil and roasting in the oven with garlic. Delicious and easy.


April 12, 2012

A secret........aaaargh!


Hmm.. you've done cookbooks, you've done videos, you have your amazing blog. Could you be opening some sort of restaurant or store? Excited to find out more details!


April 12, 2012

I'd love to know what mortar and pestle you have sitting on your counter. I have been putting off buying one for years, looking for the right one!!


April 12, 2012

This is a perfect lunch or snack, LOL. Healthy too. I love it.


Marissa | Pinch&Swirl
April 12, 2012

Oh, the suspense! These little tratines look delicious - maybe alongside some cheesy scrambled eggs.


Marissa | Pinch&Swirl
April 12, 2012

oops, 'tartines'. :)


April 12, 2012

Your thrown together lunch looks amazing! So simple and to tasty! I am a huge fan of tartines - way more fun than a sandwich!


Cook and Spoon
April 12, 2012

So delicious! And the good thing is that I got lots of asparagus two days ago. Thanks.


April 12, 2012

easy, yummy and healthy, mmmmm... thank you for sharing


April 12, 2012

This is my idea of lunchtime heaven - creamy asparagus with a crunch of pepitas and those delicious asparagus stalks = bliss.


April 12, 2012

I just got finish making a asparagus quiche
for dinner tonight,I have some asparagus leftover I plan to make this for lunch tomorrow .Great story can't wait to hear the rest of it. Happy Spring!


April 12, 2012

Could it Boast of Travel & Photo's:)
I'm always eager to hear or see your next Jump!! Spring is such a Great time to Set a New Path! As, for the Tartine I'll have a bit of red pepper Please:o


April 12, 2012

Congrats on the new project -- can't wait to see what you come up with! I am inspired by you every day.


Sarah @ Fresh Living
April 12, 2012

I love finger foods and that looks incredible. Every time I see these meals, I try to make them as soon as I can. Great job!


April 12, 2012

@Heather re the mortar & pestle. I just got one as a gift that looks exactly like that. The foot fits nicely in your palm and the bowl is spacious enough to blend herbs, lemon peel, garlic, salt and oil in a quantity big enough to smear on veggies and fish. I was told it was from Williams-Sonoma. Check it out: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/porcelain-mortar-and-pestle


April 12, 2012

Thanks for sharing! My life is happier with your delicious dishes!


April 12, 2012

You had me at tartine! I'll be giving this delicious combination a try soon! I'm dreaming of it alongside your wonderful tomato soup that I tried and is now a new favorite.


Carolyne "Nutmeg"
April 12, 2012

Well Heidi you are so talented you even make my least favourite food (avocado) look tasty. Cannot wait to hear more about your project.


April 12, 2012

i was so focused on putting together your recipe for saag paneer that I fogot to take the asparagus off the hot stove even though I turned off the flame. when I tended to the asparagus they were no longer standing. I pureed them and put them in the fridge. I always have avacados on hand, so this is our yummy lunch for tomorrow.! I had a few misses when I began using your recipes, but lately everything is delicious. thanks for sharing your cooking experiences with us!


April 12, 2012

I love simple, springy lunches like this. A great idea for new asparagus!


April 12, 2012

Yum! Can't wait to try it. I've got asparagus coming up in the garden. It will be good to try a new creation!


April 12, 2012

suspense is killing me......would gary know? hummmmmm!


Bridgett Blough
April 12, 2012

Are we allowed to guess what the new project is? Does the winner get a special treat? :o) I am going to go with a food truck/cart! Starting one myself with healthy organic food in the Midwest, so that is the rabbit hole that I am currently sucked in! Excited to hear your news.


April 12, 2012

during this rainy and dark season and my
difficulty "getting it together" in the kitchen
your aparagus tartine was INSPIRED!
Thank you for reviving my appetite and spirits!
Much thanks
Francine Vlietstra


April 12, 2012

7:7 Seven out of seven loved it. Made tonight. Totally awesome. Again, Caraway? Aspargus? Avocado? YUM! Read a Heidi recipe...make it. You'll be delighted.


April 12, 2012

We made this recipe just now for dinner. Totally wonderful as is all your recipes. The girlfriend's daughter, a confessed vegetarian, who does not really enjoy veggies, loves all of your recipes that I make. so we purchased 2 copies of super natural-one for her- to own her food- and one for me, just because.


I'm Nate's Mom
April 12, 2012

I made this tonight for dinner, but instead of putting it on bread, I used a whole wheat naan and sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top. Delicious and so easy!


Jeff @ Cheeseburger
April 12, 2012

This tartine recipe looks great! Good luck on your project btw.


April 12, 2012

These tartines look divine - quick, healthy, delicious, what's not to like! I'm really intrigued by your new project, I can't wait to hear what it is going to be!


April 13, 2012

Yum! And so curious...


Mike @TheIronYou
April 13, 2012

Simple yet great! Another of your recipes that will become a staple of my diet.


Oui, Chef
April 13, 2012

One of the things I miss most about living in Paris are the tartines I used to frequently enjoy there. Why don't I ever think to make these simple treats here at home? I can't say, but this recipe should help to change that sad fact. Thanks!


Rocky Mountain Woman
April 13, 2012

These look lovely! Can't wait to hear about the new project...


stacey snacks
April 13, 2012

Just made them for lunch!
I have a few asparagus spears coming up in the pot, not enough for a meal, but enough for the tartines for lunch!
I topped them with sliced almonds and they were yummy.
Will post back to you next week.
Thanks for the lunch inspiration!


This looks fabulous!


April 13, 2012

Made this last night as an accompaniment for dinner of grilled rockfish, tomato and basil salad and whole grain rice pilaf. Everyone was raving about it and now calling it the "A" tart, b/c I used avocado, arugula, asparagus and almonds. Delicious---thanks!


Reem | Simply Reem
April 13, 2012

This is such an easy and beautiful recipe...
I have asparagus, i"ll pick up avocado and make this...
B/W I made the broccolini salad, it was delightful......
Enjoy ur weekend!!!


April 13, 2012

I'm behind the times with this, but I just got super natural every day in the mail this week. I am in LOVE. I sense that many new favorite dishes will come out of those pages!


April 13, 2012

What a lovely idea. If that doesn't say spring, I don't know what does. We still have another month to go until I can get my hands on some asparagus. Thanks for the inspiration :)


April 13, 2012

I made these for lunch today and they were delicious! This recipe will definitely become a regular in my house.


April 13, 2012

What a gorgeous, easy spring recipe! Thank you!


April 14, 2012

only YOU could get away with such teasing bait! instead of feeling "gosh darn it, what is she up to now," its more like a giddy swirl of excitement for the news to come... for sure i'll be happily waiting to read right here... love this simple recipe too, NEVER thought to marry asparagus with avocado on bread! brilliant!! ;-) have fun bringing your latest passion to life!


April 14, 2012

This looks amazing for a snack, or maybe to accompany a great cold soup (gazpacho, perhaps?). Thanks for a great recipe!


April 14, 2012

You have tirelessly inspired so many of us from close and afar already, I cannot possibly imagine what more could be in store. And the ladies who inspire you, who could they possibly be?

Your site is so much more than meticulous recipe instructions for soulful food. It is about the poetry of your eye, food, dedication and lifestyle, and how it translates to others.

Since knowing of your site in particular, I try more persistently in my own small ways to infuse my plates and days with my own brand of poetry. You have not only raised the bar for many of us, you have demonstrated time and time again that it is possible and given us the opportunity to gawk at your exemplary work. A big Thank You!

HS: Thank you Ani! You just made my morning. xo


April 14, 2012

I have been an organic vegetable farmer since I was 17, and I am ashamed to say I am only now seeing what gold (in veggie form) has been at my fingertips for the past 5 years, free for the taking. Lately I have been in a mad search of recipes and information, and your site has by far yielded the best results for my time! Thank you muchly.


Anna @ the shady pine
April 15, 2012

Isn't it a great feeling exploring an idea further?! This ideal lunch would be the perfect fuel to keep you going!


April 15, 2012

This would be a nice twist on my old fav: avo on fat, (good) toast that's been spread with equal parts white miso and tahini, topped with fat slices of smooshed avo and drizzled with tstd sesame oil and tamari. Final dusting of cayenne to finish.


April 15, 2012

Really, really good. We have fresh local asparagus and arugula here in Northern California. I added some chili flakes on the top for color. I really liked the caraway as well. I did not have any of it in my spice rack so it was a good excuse to buy some....thanks again!


April 16, 2012

Hi Heidi! The asparagus looks so fresh and the Recipe seemed like an easy one. But then most easy recipes sometimes have some hidden twists to them... so I'll have to try and will let you know!


April 16, 2012

And did I mention to you before that your kitchen has inspired me to buy a roll that looks like marble - since my kitchen has no natural light pouring in and has got only black granite top. Used to love it till I saw your kitchen - specially the corner where you have a small plant.


Thanks, Heidi for sharing that being open to a deep inspiration is important. Watching what you have created with just the light of your spirit is inspiring and is helping me look forward to starting on a new project, too!


April 17, 2012

How lovely, a great springe tartine recipe, yum.


April 17, 2012

Heidi, I served this at a little pool party yesterday and it was a huge hit! Bread options are limited out here in the Arizona desert so I used Danish rye bread. Yummy. Thanks for another great recipe-I'm off to make your black bread w/rye and carrots for the 4th time. It makes such good toast for company breakfasts among other things.


Dr. Sarah Cimperman
April 17, 2012

Simple and good. What more could you want?


I love asparagus, and I am (im)patiently waiting for them to hit the stores here in Poland- where only seasonal fruits and veggies are available to buy. The second I can get my hands on some, I am making these!


April 17, 2012

Looks Delish - thanks for sharing!


April 18, 2012

My husband and I made this for dinner last night and loved it! I couldn't find caraway seeds and was too lazy to go to another grocery store so we used cumin seeds instead, which actually worked very well.

I have to say, your site has been pretty invaluable in helping me sneak veggie-packed meals into my Montanan steak-eating husband's diet. :)


The Cozy Herbivore
April 18, 2012

I love throw-together lunches, especially when they're this green and vibrant! What a gorgeous tartine. Can't wait to hear more about your new project...


Happy little atom
April 23, 2012

Deelish! Also great with a smear of goat cheese if your avocado isn't quite ready. So yummy!


April 25, 2012

This looks so fresh! A perfect spring lunch :)


Benefits of Eating
April 26, 2012

Superhealthy and with my favourite ingredients - asparagus, avocado and almonds. Perfect!


April 27, 2012

The asparagus look great I just need to add a little bit of Parmesan cheese and I will be set. Like you can be set by sending free text at http://www.textme4free.com/


May 2, 2012

This dish screams "spring" to me and I LOVE it. I've never combined asparagus and caraway and it was a stellar combo. Served it as an appetizer for a dinner party and didn't have a morsel leftover. The photo sold me on trying it, the recipe hooked me on making it again and again. :) Thanks!


May 2, 2012

Made these as an appie on the weekend and they were a HUGE hit! The whole family is already asking for them again soon!


sell a restaurant
May 3, 2012

i will cook this dish. It was so inviting to eat. I wish i could make it perfectly as like yours.


May 5, 2012

I made this tonight. Twice. It was that good.


May 16, 2012

these are super awesome -- recommend!
thanks for the tip!


May 18, 2012

I made this last night and the color and flavor both popped! Thanks.


May 24, 2012

I made these twice this week. I added a bit of greek yogurt to the mashed avocado.


June 2, 2012

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