Believe it or not, the distinct flavor of asparagus is wildly versatile. It pairs beautifully with salty Parmesan cheese and creamy bisques, but it can just as easily be sliced raw in a veggie-forward salad. The next time you’re at the farmers market, pick up a bunch or two and experiment with one of the following recipes!
Pasta Primavera with Asparagus
This primavera recipe from Weekend at the Cottage was designed with busy folks in mind. In less than 30 minutes, you can sit down to enjoy a balanced meal featuring a generous helping of asparagus, peas, pasta, and Parmesan, all punctuated with a smattering of tender spring herbs.
Creamy Asparagus Chowder
The assertive taste and bitter undertones of asparagus add extra oomph to Taste of Home’s chowder. Nothing beats the flavor of fresh farmers market produce, but because this recipe calls for simmering the asparagus in the already-cooked chowder, you can easily sub in frozen vegetables.
Cheesy Asparagus Tart
This rustic treat could work for nearly any meal: as a showstopping brunch bite, a perfect light lunch, or a tasty dinner appetizer paired with an entrée. Ree Drummond’s tart calls for dollops of ricotta, but you could use low-moisture mozzarella in a pinch.
Raw Asparagus Salad with Almonds and Ginger-Sesame Vinaigrette
Would you believe us if we told you this stunning salad and homemade vinaigrette come together in just 20 minutes? Tender spring asparagus does, in fact, make a cool, crunchy addition to any green salad, like this one from Once Upon a Chef. Slice the stalks into bite-sized pieces for the easiest eating experience!
Roasted Asparagus with Lemon
Sometimes, basic is best. There’s a reason tried-and-true recipes like this one from The Domestic Dietitian are staples in the kitchens of many home cooks. Pair this easy side with jasmine rice and a grilled spatchcocked chicken for a super-simple spring meal.
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