Avocado Asparagus Tartine

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 4 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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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:)


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