Pictured: Shaved Asparagus Salad from CHOW
After what’s quite possibly been the country’s longest winter, verdant, perky spears of asparagus seem like the first true sign of spring. Celebrate the turn of the seasons with the following dishes, which manage to highlight the vegetable and its grassy essence in delicious ways that won’t weigh you down.
1. Asparagus and Snow Pea Salad
Cookbook author Patricia Wells created this asparagus and snow pea salad, which makes for a simple, elegant lunch when served with crusty bread and a glass of rosé. Get Patricia Wells’ Crunchy Asparagus and Snow Pea Salad recipe.
2. Asparagus and Shiitake Sauté
We challenge you to try to make a faster vegetarian dinner than this one; it comes together in 10 minutes. Get the recipe here.
3. Grilled Beef-Stuffed with Asparagus
It may not be the first food to come to mind, but asparagus spears can actually be great bar food. Wrap them with thinly-sliced steak fillets, then brush with a sake-mirin marinade before sautéing. Get the recipe here.
4. Farro Risotto with Asparagus and Fava Beans
This spring-themed “risotto” is made with nutty, chewy farro, asparagus, and shelled fava beans. Get our Farro Risotto with Asparagus and Fava Beans recipe.
5. Miso-Roasted Asparagus Soba Noodle Salad
Miso-roasted asparagus soba noodle salad can be a light lunch, a standout side dish, or a complete and wholesome meal when paired with baked tofu, salmon, or chicken. Get the recipe here.
6. Absurdly Addictive Asparagus
Pancetta, leeks, garlic, lemon, orange zest, and pine nuts might sound like a random combination, but don’t knock this addictive medley ‘til you’ve tried it. Get the recipe here.