Easy Asparagus Appetizer Recipe

Last Updated on September 15, 2023 by Ellen Christian

This easy asparagus appetizer is perfect for the holidays or even for a light lunch. I first made these Asparagus Tomato Parmesan Squares when I was looking for an easy way to encourage the kids to eat more vegetables. 

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Easy Asparagus Appetizer | Asparagus Tomato Parmesan Squares

Easy Asparagus Appetizer

While my kids generally eat veggies, they’d much rather graze on them than sit down to a pile of asparagus on the dinner plate. Of course, it also works wonderfully as an appetizer for your party. It’s fancy enough to impress your guests.

But, it’s easy enough to make that you don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking.

It’s so much easier to get them to grab some carrot sticks and dip, celery with peanut butter or this easy asparagus appetizer.  It may look like it took quite a while to make but it was honestly really quick and easy.

It would be perfect to start for your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal or for a get-together. If you’re looking for something that takes a bit more time, you can make your own cocktail sauce for shrimp cocktail.
Easy Asparagus Appetizer | Asparagus Tomato Parmesan Squares

I love serving this easy appetizer recipe at our New Year’s Eve parties. I really don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when I could be visiting with friends instead. So, I much prefer to serve easy finger foods that everyone can enjoy.

Let the kids help add the vegetables and the cheese. It will let them feel like they’re part of the process and they’ll be more likely to enjoy sampling these healthy appetizers afterward.

Are you looking for another asparagus recipe? You may want to try my Asparagus and Potato Frittata. You can easily serve this as an appetizer by making tiny slices.

Or, bake it in a 9 x 13 pan and serve squares with appetizer picks. You can do the same thing with a simple quiche recipe.

asparagus wrapped in bacon on a grill

Wrapped asparagus appetizer

Wrapped asparagus appetizers are a huge hit at many parties because they are so easy to make. You simply wrap each asparagus spear in something and cook. So, if that’s the type of easy asparagus appetizer you want, here are a few that you can start with.

One of the reasons that I love this easy asparagus appetizer is because asparagus finger food is so easy to eat. No one wants to deal with a plate and silverware during a party.

Finger food is the perfect solution. You can just place a variety of serving dishes on the table and let people help themselves.

asparagus in a yellow colander

Raw asparagus appetizers

I’m honestly not a huge fan of raw asparagus. But, if you have a summer party and don’t want to heat up the house, you can certainly do that.

Here are a few that you might want to try. The key to eating raw asparagus is to make sure that the asparagus spears are from very young plants.

If not, you will want to shave them thinly so that they aren’t tough and stringy.

Easy Asparagus Appetizer: Asparagus Tomato Parmesan Squares

What’s your favorite easy appetizer recipe?

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Easy Asparagus Appetizer | Asparagus Tomato Parmesan Squares

Easy Asparagus Appetizer | Asparagus Tomato Parmesan Squares

If you want an easy asparagus appetizer, you will love this asparagus tomato parmesan squares recipe.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 box of puff pastry sheets
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 container of fresh pesto
  • 1 package of cherry tomatoes
  • salt & pepper


  1. The quantities are fairly vague because it really depends on how many people you're entertaining or whether you're making it for a snack for you and the kids. Adjust as needed.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450F
  3. Roll the puff pastry sheets slightly, even off the edges, cut into 2" squares.
  4. Carefully lift them onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  5. Brush on the pesto
  6. Add a half a cherry tomato and a piece of asparagus onto each.
  7. Add salt and pepper and cheese to the top of each
  8. Bake about 10 minutes or until golden brown

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 42Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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23 thoughts on “Easy Asparagus Appetizer Recipe”

  1. This will be a perfect appetizer for the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon! Miz Helen
  2. This is one of the prettiest appetizers I have seen! It looks fancy and delicious! I'd love if you would share this at the blog party, Celebrate It! We are all about celebrating the little everyday things of our wonderful life, along with the big things! http://thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2014/12/celebrate-it-blog-party-20.html

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