Avocado Asparagus Tartine

An excellent impromptu springtime lunch. Avocado smeared across toasted day-old slabs of sesame bread, layered with arugula and garlicky caraway asparagus + toasted pepitas.

Avocado Asparagus Tartine

Lunch on Monday was pretty great, and dead simple. I smeared avocado across toasted, day-old slabs of sesame bread, and started by layering a bit of arugula on top. Added a few stalks of garlicky caraway-sprinkled asparagus beyond that, and the final touch? A few toasted pepitas. Caraway is under-utilized, and I love it's distinctive earthiness here playing off the bright green asparagus notes.

Avocado Asparagus Tartine Recipe
When you're buying asparagus, whether it's thick or thin, look for vibrant, green asparagus, with structured stalks. No soft spots, or droopiness.

Avocado Asparagus Tartine Recipe
I very rarely bother peeling asparagus, but will trim the bottoms to get rid of the woody, tough base of the stalks.
Avocado 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. You can also cut each one into 4 or 5 pieces, in triangles, for little party / get-together bites.

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Avocado Asparagus Tartine

5 from 5 votes

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

  • 4-6 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, lemon zest
  1. 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.
  2. 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 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
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Tastes very good. My family loved it. Will definitely make it again.5 stars

Jack william

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


    Love this idea…

    Heidi Swanson

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


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


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


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


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!


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

Benefits of Eating

This looks so fresh! A perfect spring lunch 🙂


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

Happy little atom

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…

The Cozy Herbivore

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. 🙂


Looks Delish – thanks for sharing!


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!

Kara @ Fitnessinformation

Simple and good. What more could you want?

Dr. Sarah Cimperman

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.


How lovely, a great springe tartine recipe, yum.


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.


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!


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

Anna @ the shady pine

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!


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.


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.


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


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


What a gorgeous, easy spring recipe! Thank you!


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 🙂


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!


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!!!

Reem | Simply Reem

This looks fabulous!

green beans & grapefruit

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!

stacey snacks

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!

Oui, Chef

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


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!


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

Mike @TheIronYou

Yum! And so curious…


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!


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

Jeff @ Cheeseburger

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.


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


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!


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


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

Carolyne "Nutmeg"

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


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!

I'm Nate's Mom

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!

Sarah @ Fresh Living

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


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

Cook and Spoon

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


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.


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

Marissa | Pinch&Swirl

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


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.


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!


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!

Jill @ 42potatoes

Whetting my appetite, in more ways than one…


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?!


Wow, these are just beautiful!


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!

Cookie and Kate

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!


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

la domestique

Absolutely gorgeous photo!

Tracy A.

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.


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!


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

Normal Food For Normal People

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

Simply Life

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


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


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


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!


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


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


This is just filled with goodness! I love it!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

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

Belinda @zomppa

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.

Magda | My Little Expat Kitchen

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

The Grazer

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. 🙂


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


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


Perfect for a refreshing lunch! Thank you.


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 🙂


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


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….

thinking of the days

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

Anjali @ The Picky Eater

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 🙂


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.


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!)


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


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.

leaf (the indolent cook)

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


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

Maria @ Orchard Bloom

I love the elegant simplicity of this.


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


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!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

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


Green on green – like it.
I can’t wait to hear/see what you have become interested in!


I’ve never thought to pair avocado with asparagus — looks delish!


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


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.


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?

Lynn Russell

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


Thanks! Nice and easy recipe!


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