If you’re looking for a deliciously easy way to prepare some spring-fresh asparagus, then check out the recipe for this asparagus mimosa that I’m sharing over at Marcus Samuelsson’s blog!


I was devastated about my refrigerator biting the dust on me yesterday.

Until I saw the news from Oklahoma.Β  And really, what is a few cartons of milk in the scheme of things? Inconsequential nothing. That’s what.

My heart goes out to everyone in Oklahoma and around the world who was affected by the tornadoes or knows someone who was. The best way to help at this point is to donate to the Red Cross, which you can be sure I’ll be doing.


This sweet pea goat cheese gazpacho was another casualty of the Eats Well With Others fridge breakdown of 2013. I thought it was fine until I put it in a container to have at lunch for work…and when i went to eat it, it had bubbled up in the manner of a bread dough set out to rise. Not good.

Luckily, I got to enjoy it a few times last week, certainly enough to tell you that it tastes like a breath of fresh air with a swirl of goat cheese. And how could that not be an awesome thing?

Since this recipe has so few ingredients, you really have to use quality ones so the flavors really shine. Fresh spring peas are a must, along with good goat cheese and good olive oil.Β  For the latter, I used Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which I was sent a bottle of recently to try out. It has an exquisite and rich fruity olive oil flavor that is the perfect finishing touch to any spring or summer meal in which the ingredients are simple but the flavor is big.

The folks at Carapelli were kind enough to offer me a second bottle to give away so that one of you could try it’s delicious flavor! All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment telling me what your favorite spring vegetable is. I will choose a winner next Tuesday!

Disclaimer:Though I was sent a bottle of Carapelli olive oil for free, my thoughts and opinions on it are my own.


Sweet Pea Goat Cheese Gazpacho
Serves 4, adapted from Carapelli Olive Oil


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh shelled English peas, about 2 lb in the shell
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 oz basil leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 oz goat cheese


  1. Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Add peas to the pot and cook for two minutes, then drain and blanch in ice water.
  2. In a medium-sized pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add in shallot and garlic and sweat for 2 minutes, or until translucent. Set aside to cool.
  3. Add peas and 1 cup ice water to a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Add the goat cheese, basil and vinegar. Pulse until fully incorporated.
  4. Add the shallots and garlic, along with the lemon juice and zest. Pulse to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

I am submitting the asparagus mimosa to IHCC and the sweet pea goat cheese gazpacho to Souper Sundays!

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77 Responses to Asparagus Mimosa and Sweet Pea Goat Cheese Gazpacho {GIVEAWAY}

  1. I love sweet pea soup in the spring. My dad introduced me to it when I was first seriously getting into cooking back in high school. We did it with a bunch of spring garlic from the garden, and I couldn’t believe how sweet and addicting it turned out. I love this combo with the goat cheese. And asparagus mimosas!? Heading to check that out now.

  2. Sorry to hear about your fridge woes, Joanne. I had the same thing happen to me a few months ago. It took 2 days to get a new fridge. Thankfully, it was in the winter, so I moved everything outside. It was then that I learned that veggie stir fries freeze wonderfully. πŸ™‚

  3. Oh, and I love asparagus! πŸ™‚

  4. Colynn O says:

    This looks delicious. I’m going to have to give this recipe to my mom. I finally convinced her to focus on healthier eating, and she just loves goat cheese. I’d have to say that tomatoes are probably my favorite spring vegetable. (They’re in season in the spring in Florida!)

  5. ahhhhh spring….vegetable? ummmmmmmmm…..

    vidalia onions. πŸ˜›

  6. Liz says:

    Favorite spring veggie is asparagus!!!!!!! : )

  7. Shanna says:

    Asparagus is definitely my favorite spring vegetable!

  8. Lynn says:

    Oh my – this gazpacho looks good. I’d say my favorite spring vegetable would be asparagus. I have some at home right now.

  9. Mabel Chan says:

    My favorite is rhubarb. hmm

  10. Anonymous says:

    My favorite spring vegetable is asparagus.

  11. Jeana says:

    Asparagus is my favorite – and the way you prepared it with a poached egg+capers is also the way I looooove to eat it! Although i really want to get into artichokes… I’ve seen so many delicious looking recipes but a little intimidated by the process or preparing them..

  12. Kathryn says:

    mmm I would say raspberries

  13. Katherine F. says:

    Asparagus is great, as are ramps!

  14. Juli says:

    I treasure asparagus in particular because the season is so short. First asparagus definitely means spring is here.

  15. The asparagus with the grated eggs looks delicious! I would really love to start my day with this lovely breakfast! A wonderful pick for Potluck at IHCC!
    And the gazpacho looks so good!

  16. My fav spring vegetable is actually asparagus! πŸ™‚
    I love the asparagus recipe you made over on Marcus Samuelsonn’s blog…yum! Eggs and asparagus is such a great combo. And the sweet pea goat cheese gazpacho? What a neat dish!

  17. I totally understand what you mean about ‘perspective,’ but stuff like appliances going ‘boom’ still suck. I hope you are able to get a replacement, soon!

  18. Kat says:

    I’m going to have to go with artichoke–absolutely delicious!

  19. Emily L says:

    The soup looks so delicious and green!! I’ll definitely have to try it!

    I recently tried ramps for the first time and they are SO GOOD! They are my favorite spring veggie πŸ™‚

  20. My favourite spring vegetable is avocado – yum yum yum!

  21. Kari says:

    My favorite spring veggie is asparagus!

  22. Dining Alone says:

    I definitely love seeing Asparagus in spring, I could eat it roasted on a daily basis. This soup looks delicious.

  23. Gloria Baker says:

    Im devasted too about the tornados in Oklahoma, terrible:(

    I love asparagus and is my favaorite vegetable and this gazpacho sounds delicios
    Joanne, I love the color!

  24. Kim says:

    I hope you didn’t lose too much when your fridge gave out on you. That is such a pain! I was actually thinking of making that asparagus this week. It looks like it would be delicious. But I must say that gorgeous green gazpacho steals the show. Something about eating a bowl of green soup just feels so virtuous and I love how creamy it looks.

  25. eugh to yesterday’s tragedy. i feel like this has been quite a tough year.

    yum to asparagus + eggs, as well as peas + goat cheese… hope the fridge gets fixed asap!

  26. Lisa says:

    I bet this pea puree would go great on top of a grilled fish, too.

  27. Jessica says:

    my favourite spring vegetable is ramps!

  28. Sara says:

    My favorite spring veggie is asparagus!

  29. This soup screams summer! I love how bright green it is.

  30. Eileen says:

    Wow, my initial idea of an asparagus mimosa was nothing like this–uh, champagne and asparagus?–and I for one am pretty happy about that! And the gazpacho sounds amazing. I might try pouring it over pasta too!

  31. alicooks3 says:

    i’d have to say asparagus….. in fact just had some for lunch πŸ™‚

  32. I love fresh peas from my garden however this year I didn’t get them planted so I’d have to say asparagus is my favorite spring vegie. I’m working on a dairy free cold asparagus soup recipe that could be a winner.

  33. Looking at these recipes make me happy!! Great food and delicious meals πŸ™‚
    Mary x

  34. I know what you mean. I was just doing a self-pity party since I moved out of my parents house, but the devastation in Oklahoma makes me realize how lucky I am, and that I’ve nothing to complain about. It’s funny; I was just talking about how I don’t like peas in my post today, but this gazpacho is making my mouth water…how does that work?

  35. Asparagus is my favorite spring veggie. Love the texture and it’s so versatile.

    Your soup sounds lovely and it has such a beautiful vibrant color. Thanks for sharing Joanne.

  36. T says:

    asparagus is my bright sunshine in the spring

  37. sandra says:

    cold pea soup sounds like just the thing right now. Delicious! I think I missed it. What’s the giveaway?

  38. My favorite spring vegetable would be radishes, I love plucking them out of the garden, rinsing them and eating them…so fresh! The soup sounds like it would be a hit!

  39. Beth says:

    You’re right – most of us have so much to be grateful for, even if we occasionally forget to stop and count our blessings.

    Your gazpacho looks so good. (As always, since I live in Canada, I’m not sure if I qualify for the giveaway.)

  40. Guru Uru says:

    Such a refreshing and delicious snack my friend πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  41. Hotly Spiced says:

    That’s not good news about your fridge but yes, we have to put things into perspective. Such devastation there in Oklahoma xx

  42. Sorry about your fridge. So true about the perspective πŸ™

  43. And I am sorry to hear about your fridge… hopefully you’ll get an even better one!!

  44. Sippity Sup says:

    Asparagus mimosa– just like yours. GREG

  45. SallyBR says:

    I will have to be boring and say “asparagus” as my favorite Spring veggie… what can I say, it’s the truth!

    lovely soup

  46. Donna says:

    Asparagus + goat cheese = Match Made in Heaven. YOU do it so well!

  47. Chris says:

    Yeah, that news last night was devastating. Our friends at Operation BBQ Relief were at Memphis in May and said they were gearing up for action in Oklahoma because of the weather heading that way. This was on Saturday when they said that, I hate that they were right. At least they are there to feed the survivors and first responders.

  48. Debbie says:

    My favorite vegetable has to be asparagus…and it has to have a little crispiness to it! Love your recipe Joanne!

  49. sorry about your fridge! that is so annoying! i’m in awe of the asparagus mimosa – such an amazingly creative idea!! and that gazpacho is divine πŸ™‚

  50. Gwen says:

    So true Joanne, tragedies like the one in OK. sure do put things into perspective. My mom’s entire family lives there (they are o.k.) So scary.
    Lovely recipe as always!
    My fav spring veggie if I have to pick just one would be asparagus. and artichokes ;}

  51. did you say what I think you said? Asparagus mimosa? What! How awesome and creative and gutsy and wonderful

  52. Oh how I love asparagus! I do love those fresh baby peas that are almost grey they’re so fresh!

  53. I want the whole plate of asparagus! Looks so yum!

  54. That Girl says:

    Can I tell you a secret? I hate asparagus, but love asparagus recipes. I use them on broccoli instead!

  55. Juliana says:

    The asparagus look delicious…and so interesting your gazpacho…like the color of it.
    Hope you are having a great week Joanne πŸ™‚

  56. Katerina says:

    I used to hate asparagus but now I love them! This is a great dish and has a beautiful color!

  57. Blond Duck says:

    Question: I was wanting to make vegetable pasta and was told spiralizers were the way to go– what would you recommend, oh Queen of veggies?

  58. Mira says:

    I love the springtime flavours in this post! The asparagus mimosa looks great, I’ve just been eating my asparagus with poached eggs but this looks like a great idea. Though I have to admit, when I first read the title I thought that you had somehow created a mimosa DRINK with asparagus! And the soup looks amazing… peas and goat cheese, what a wonderful combination. πŸ™‚

  59. sandra says:

    Sorry – I’m a moron… the giveaway is olive oil.

  60. Reeni says:

    What a gorgeous pea soup! I love the idea of goat cheese in it making it creamy and tangy! A delectable combo.

  61. Anonymous says:

    asparagus is my favorite though I am beginning to appreciate peas more and more.

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  62. Michelle says:

    Lovely bright green in both dishes–makes me think fresh and clean thoughts. (Not that I was thinking dirty ones before seeing your dishes.) Sorry about the fridge. I’ve yet to have that happen, although when I got home from work today, the AC was out.

  63. You can opt me out of the giveaway – just wanted to say that I’m not much of a pea person but I REALLY want to try this out!

  64. Peas and asparagus both mean spring to me but since I have peas sprouting in my garden right now, I’d have to vote for peas. Your soup looks delicious and creamy!

  65. grace says:

    oh man, do i love peas. like most kids, i pushed them around on my plate when i was younger, but now they’re one of my favorite foods!

  66. Unknown says:

    I splurged big time today and bought some morels and ramps – have never tried either, but have heard all the foodie buzz. I live in Florida so these really were a significant investment! Doing something with the morels tonite and we’ll see…

  67. Oh! I have had my eye on that asparagus recipe for some time, but have been waiting for the fresh stuff to come into the local markets! I can’t wait to try it! The pea gazpacho looks terrific too! What is it about peas though that they ferment so quickly! I once made a big pot of split pea soup that did the ‘double double toil and trouble’ thing. The kids put it on the back porch to see just how gross it would get … three days later, it was pretty ghoulish-looking! We still laugh about it!

  68. Ashley says:

    You had me at mimosa. I mean… goat cheese. πŸ˜‰

  69. Oh, here I am staring three months of winter in the face, and you have me longing for spring already. Asparagus has always been, hands-down, my favourite vegetable – I meant to make that asparagus mimosa last spring and somehow didn’t quite get around to it – not a mistake I will be making again this spring.

    The gazpacho looks heavenly too – what a shame that you didn’t get to savour every last mouthful of it.

  70. This is nice, but I am thinking try to serve it hot or warm, I always like soup to be hot. Also check out the asparagus mimosa. I like it too. πŸ™‚

  71. Asparagus is my favorite, but I love all vegetables and have a huge garden to prove that. thanks for the post.

  72. I have been eyeballing the asparagus mimosa for a while now–it just looks like spring on a plate.

    The soup looks amazing–loving the goat cheese of course! It will be perfect for the warmer months. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week! πŸ˜‰

  73. asparagus is my fave spring veggie! i’ll have to try this recipe πŸ™‚

  74. Vicki S says:

    I really like artichokes!

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  75. Amy says:

    So sorry about your fridge…and I agree, the lost of a few cartons of milk comes down to nothing compared to those victims in Oklahoma who lost everything.

    On a lighter note, my favorite Spring time vegetable got to be asparagus. I’m so excited to see your creation. I made some cold asparagus just not long ago and it was so good. I can’t wait to explore your recipe right after this message. πŸ™‚

  76. Lora says:

    ooh this looks like the perfect summer soup.

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