Asparagus Recipes

When spring hits, we hope you're loading up your fridge with crisp, fresh asparagus. If we had our way, it would be named one of the official vegetables of the season. And don't expect to find only classic green spears at the local farmers' market. Asparagus comes in vibrant purple and white varieties, too. Once you buy a big bunch and are ready to prep, remember to remove the woody portion of the stem before cooking. Just bend the end of each spear until it breaks off. Asparagus naturally breaks right where the woody portion ends, which prevents you from discarding too much. F&W's guide provides all the best recipes to help you hit your vegetable quota, from raw salads to bright, blended soups.

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Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

Roasted asparagus and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms go with any Easter dish, from glazed ham to a spring quiche. The vegetables roast first in olive oil then finish in butter for an extra dimension of flavor and a nice sheen. A drizzle of syrupy aged balsamic balances the earthiness of the mushrooms and slight char on the asparagus.   Slideshow: More Asparagus Recipes

Asparagus Carbonara

Cookbook author Melissa Clark riffs on classic carbonara, swapping out the pasta for thin asparagus spears. It has that same irresistible pancetta-cheese-egg flavor, but with bright green asparagus at the center. Recipes adapted from Dinner: Changing the Game. Copyright © 2017 by Melissa Clark. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC. Slideshow: More Asparagus Recipes

Asparagus with Speck and Chopped Egg

In Friuli, this dish is called asparagi paparot (paparot means to squash), which refers to the hard-boiled eggs that are crushed over the asparagus. The recipe is from a favorite local spot, Trattoria Al Grop, that's known for its asparagus dishes made with stalks from the surrounding hills. Slideshow: More Asparagus Recipes

Raw Asparagus, Fennel and Pecorino Salad

"You want a sharp knife," says Margot Henderson of Rochelle Canteen in London about prepping this simple, colorful vegetarian salad. Slideshow: More Salad Recipes

Asparagus Salad with Kaffir-Lime Curry and Peanuts

This salad is a tribute to Carmellini’s former boss, Gray Kunz. The combo of kaffir lime leaf and curry powder in the sauce is “classic Kunz circa the mid-’90s,” when they cooked together at Lespinasse in Manhattan. The tangy sauce is also terrific with soft-shell crabs or steamed white fish. Slideshow: More Salad Recipes Recipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook

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Toasted Lavash with Dukka and Spring Salad

Middle Eastern cooks add the nut-seed mix dukka to olive oil as a dip for bread. Lynch cleverly sprinkles it onto thin sheets of lavash to fold around asparagus, goat cheese and herb salad like a wrap sandwich.  Slideshow: More Vegetarian Recipes Recipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook

Sweet and Savory Summer Fruit Salad with Blue Cheese

Salads get a bad rap because people think, ‘Ugh, it’s just lettuce and dressing,’ ” says chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Kentucky. “But salads can be a mix of sweet and savory ingredients, like corn and blueberries.” Lee makes this salad once a week in the summer when corn and berries are at their peak. Slideshow: More Salad Recipes Recipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners.