Spring is alive! Our senses are filled with the sounds of peepers, the sight of the crocuses poking up through the earth, and trees growing their buds. The springtime also presents us with a bounty of gorgeous spring vegetables such as radish, fiddleheads, spring peas and especially asparagus. Enjoy asparagus as a way to welcome spring, bringing your body into balance by eating more greens.
You’ll appreciate the many health benefits of eating asparagus. Asparagus is loaded with nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. Also, studies show that asparagus possesses anti-carcinogenic properties.
We have been counting down to asparagus season all winter long. Now that it’s finally upon us, we’re celebrating the best way we can think of: by eating lots of asparagus. We’re also sharing some of our favorite asparagus creations from across the web.
BEST OF THE WEB: TOP TEN FAVORITE ASPARAGUS RECIPES
We think asparagus makes a lovely, creamy pesto. We particularly enjoy Mark Bittman’s recipe, which he shared with New York Times Cooking. This Asparagus Pesto features traditional Mediterranean ingredients: olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic and lemon. For a thriftier version, substitute blanched almonds for the pine nuts. We enjoy this pesto with pasta or fish, or simply slathered generously onto a piece of sourdough bread.
Susie Fishbein’s Roasted Garlic Asparagus is a perfect, flavor-packed side dish. The recipe from “Passover By Design” is an elegant addition to any meal, a lovely way to grace the table when company is coming.
Here’s one for the cast iron aficionados. For this Saveur recipe from chef Edna Lewis, all you need is a cast iron skillet, asparagus and butter. You can also make this dish with a mix of extra virgin olive oil and butter. This dish wins the award for simplicity and taste.
Bored of the same old salads? Spruce up your salad with the addition of asparagus. Spring Salad With Asparagus and Soft-Boiled Egg is one of our favorites. It’s also a great way to try a new dish with raw asparagus. Add a piece of sourdough bread and you have yourself a meal. Stop over to Food52 and give it a try.
For the meat lovers, we recommend this highly rated Italian style recipe for Roasted Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto from Food.com. This is another minimalist recipe with stellar results. It’s one of Giada De Laurentiis’ recipes, which are always a hit.
Pop on over to Leite’s Culinaria and try a Spring Asparagus and Asiago Gratin. This recipe from cookbook author Domenica Marchetti is a little bit fancier, but comes together with ease.
Orange and asparagus make a lovely pair. We recommend The New York Times’ recipe of Asparagus with Orange Vinaigrette. Nothing says spring like bright citrus flavors and asparagus!
Are you looking for asparagus that makes a meal? Then look no further than this winning recipe at Food Network for Asparagus Lasagna. The asparagus is pre-roasted, which results in a deep asparagus flavor that melds wonderfully with this cheesy lasagna.
You can try Patricia Wells’ recipe for Asparagus Braised with Fresh Rosemary and Bay Leaves from Food52. This is a a delicious vegan option.
Mediterranean Living has a bright and easy recipe for Lemony Asparagus with Garlic. We turn to this one time and time again, for its simple pan-fry method