Don't miss out on all the ways to enjoy one of spring's brightest stars.
During the spring when vibrant produce abounds, you will scarcely find a more handsome veggie to adorn your menu. The beauty
in these elegant spears lies in their versatility. Whether blanched, sauteéd, or wrapped in salty prosciutto, you'll love
the way we're serving them up.
We'll start with Grilled Asparagus with Caper Vinaigrette. Briny capers are a lovely addition to Dijon vinaigrette—especially when drizzled on grilled asparagus.
View Recipe: Grilled Asparagus with Caper Vinaigrette
This recipe will pull together in as much time as it takes to steam the asparagus. Just a few key ingredients make this a
light and flavorful veggie side dish.
View Recipe: Garlicky Asparagus
This recipe is quick and bursting with flavor. We love the sweetness from the grape tomatoes paired with the creaminess of
the goat cheese.
View Recipe: Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes
One of the best (and simplest) sides in our magazine's history, this recipe was named Best Vegetable Side Dish in our 20th
anniversary issue. The browned butter with a splash of balsamic vinegar adds an elegance that belies the simplicity of this
View Recipe: Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter
Asparagus with tender greens offers bright spring flavors plus the bite of Gorgonzola in the vinaigrette.
View Recipes: Asparagus and Spring Greens Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette
Sweet raisins, tart orange rind, and spicy red onion create a trifecta of flavor that you won't be able to resist.
View Recipe: Raisin and Pine Nut Asparagus
You can also chop the prosciutto and sprinkle it on the phyllo. If you're feeding a large crowd, arrange assembled rolls on
a baking sheet, coat with cooking spray, and cover; store in the fridge for up to four hours. Bake an hour or two before the
View Recipe: Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus with Prosciutto
A hint of tarragon adds unique, fresh flavor to the dish, but you can use any herb you like.
View Recipe: Browned Butter Asparagus
This recipe is a nice twist on traditional grilled asparagus spears. Skewering groups of asparagus spears together makes them
easier to flip on the grill. Sesame seeds lend additional crunch and a sprinkling of color to the dark green spears. The secret
for cooking asparagus is simple: don’t overcook it. The slender shoots should turn out crisp and bright in color.
View Recipe: Grilled Asparagus Rafts
Extra-virgin olive oil adds great fruity flavor to this simple dish, and sauteéing over high heat doesn’t burn away the oil’s
View Recipe: Quick Skillet Asparagus
Showcase delicious and vibrant asparagus in this simple, yet elegant side dish. Garnish with fresh chopped ramp greens or
chives if you don't have the former on hand.
View Recipe: Smoky Asparagus and Mushroom Sauté
Bright lemony notes and tangy Dijon mustard give this asparagus a super fresh flavor that you won't be a able to resist.
View Recipe: Lemon-Tarragon Asparagus
Don't miss out on trying this delicious side dish. The soy sauce mixture is absolutely delicious when sprinkled over the asparagus.
View Recipe: Sesame-Ginger Glazed Asparagus
Use hearty asparagus spears for this easy appetizer. You can blanch the asparagus and combine the sour cream substitute, dill,
and tarragon up to a day ahead and refrigerate separately.
View Recipe: Asparagus Spears with Smoked Salmon Spirals
Thin asparagus spears work best in this elegant side dish. You will savor the flavor with each bite.
View Recipe: Marinated Asparagus Bundles
If you can't find piquillo peppers, you can substitute roasted red peppers. Steam the asparagus and combine the ingredients
for the dressing a day ahead; store them separately in the refrigerator.
View Recipe: Asparagus Salad with Piquillo Peppers and Capers
Creamy goat cheese crowns a refreshingly bracing salad. Because the asparagus is shaved, it does not have to be cooked. Thick
asparagus spears work best when it comes to making ribbons like these.
View Recipe: Asparagus Ribbons with Lemon and Goat Cheese
Packed full of spring’s best produce, this pizza pairs nicely with a side of tomato soup or small green salad.
View Recipe: Spring Vegetable Pizza with Gremolata
Ready in just over 20 minutes, this delicious pasta salad is the perfect add-on to a soup main dish or in smaller portions
with a meat-based entrée.
View Recipe: Vegetable Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese
Orzo takes the place of Arborio rice in this risotto-style dish that turns rich and creamy as it's stirred to doneness. Tender
asparagus and fresh lemon zest add the welcome flavors of spring in this pasta dish.
View Recipe: Orzotto with Green and White Asparagus
Veggies bathed in balsamic vinegar are an irresistible side dish to almost any weeknight dinner.
View Recipe: Marinated Asparagus-and-Carrot Salad
Toss the pasta and vegetables immediately after cooking to ensure balanced flavors throughout the dish. The heat from the
pasta will cook the egg, thickening it into a light, creamy sauce.
View Recipe: Tomato and Asparagus “Carbonara”
This mayonnaise-based pasta salad veers from the traditional with salty Italian ham, nutty asparagus, and a generous grinding
View Recipe: Black Pepper Pasta Salad with Prosciutto, Asparagus, and Romano
So sophisticated guests will think you spent hours in the kitchen, this succulent salad is ready in just 17 minutes and goes
great with a homemade roll.
View Recipe: Romaine, Asparagus, and Watercress Salad with Shrimp
Italian flavors abound in this vegetarian one-dish meal. Farinata is a thin cake made with chickpea flour, which makes this
crispy crust high in fiber and gluten-free.
View Recipe: Asparagus, Tomato, and Onion Farinata
This dish is luxuriously creamy, but the pasta soaks up the sauce quickly. Be sure to serve right away. Use refrigerated pasta
to cut several minutes off the cook time.
View Recipe: Creamy Spring Pasta
Simple seasonings turn this recipe a stand-out side dish for busy weeknights. Veggies cook and are ready to serve in just
View Recipe: Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes
Vegetarians and carnivores alike will love this ingenious twist on meat loaf. The meaty-flavored, umami-rich recipe received
our Test Kitchen's highest rating. Ordinarily you wouldn't pack a meat loaf into the pan, but since we're using a vegetable
mixture, you will to make sure it holds together.
View Recipe: Vegetable “Meat” Loaf
This Asian-inspired stir-fry is packed full of nutritious veggies and rich textures. Ready in just 30 minutes, it’s an ideal
way to spice-up a weeknight meal with the family.
View Recipe: Ginger-Scented Corn and Asparagus Stir-Fry
Onion, pepper, asparagus, and corn combine for a veggie-lover’s delight in this fresh, easy-to-make pizza. If you have enough
dough left over, freeze it; thaw overnight in the refrigerator before your next use.
View Recipe: Summer Veggie Pizza
Cassoulet—a rich, slow-cooked bean stew with meat—is reinvented here as a quick-cooking vegetarian dish, starting with canned
beans and using mushrooms to lend a meaty mouthfeel and earthy flavor.
View Recipe: Quick White Bean, Asparagus, and Mushroom Cassoulet
The crisp texture of cooked asparagus adds a special touch to this easy garganelli pasta recipe.
View Recipe: Garganelli with Asparagus and Pecorino Cheese
Incorporate healthy eating essentials–fresh veggies and seafood protein–for a hearty salad that the whole family will love.
View Recipe: Tuna and White Bean Salad
Gnocchi–small Italian potato dumplings–are a hearty alternative to pasta. While making gnocchi from scratch could take more
than an hour, premade vacuum-packed dumplings cook in just minutes.
View Recipe: Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Pesto
This risotto is studded with color and vibrant flavor of fresh veggies. Although inexpensive, this dish is attractive and
tasty enough to serve to guests.
View Recipe: Risotto Primavera
This fancy frittata is perfect for your next brunch, and guests will never know it only took 30 minutes to make.
View Recipe: Asparagus and Smoked Trout Frittata
Cavatappi, spiral-shaped pasta, adds an element of whimsy to this budget-friendly dish. If you can't find it, substitute fusilli.
View Recipe: Spring Vegetable Carbonara
Serve this savory salad alongside a nice steak or a piece of flavorful fish, such as tuna or salmon, for a complete meal.
View Recipe: Asparagus and Spring Greens Salad with Gorgonzola Vinaigrette
Salty Italian bacon and fresh asparagus make this crisp-chewy flatbread unforgettable. Use a mandolin to slice the asparagus,
or just cut it into 2-inch pieces.
View Recipe: Flatbread with Pancetta, Mozzarella, and Asparagus
Pasta is the perfect weeknight meal. Your family will love the comforting flavors, and you'll love that it's surprisingly
low in calories.
View Recipe: Pasta with Asparagus, Pancetta, and Pine Nuts
Eggs are a great source of protein plus zinc, iron, and lutein. Serve with 100 percent whole-grain toast and a fresh fruit
salad for a filling brunch.
View Recipe: Asparagus Salad with Soft Poached Eggs, Prosciutto, and Lemon-Chive Vinaigrette
Sweet onion, rich feta cheese, and fresh dill provide dynamic flavor in this easy weeknight meal. The hardest part about making
risotto is the constant stirring while you let this dish simmer for about 30 minutes. Balance the plate with a lively fennel
View Recipe: Greek Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto
Tailor the types of vegetables to the bounty of your garden or that of farmers' market vendors. Thin asparagus spears may
need to cook only four minutes.
View Recipe: Grilled Vegetable Salad
Sauté the two main ingredients separately to avoid overcrowding the pan. A fresh lemon-herb topping rounds out the flavors
in this entrée.
View Recipe: Sautéed Asparagus and Shrimp with Gremolata
Pancetta is cured unsmoked Italian bacon available at the grocery deli counter. It gives this elegant dish a deep, savory
View Recipe: Gnocchi with Asparagus and Pancetta
This side dish salad combines several influences: The dates and orange are an Israeli touch; the pecans pay homage to the
American South; and the quinoa is a high-protein grain from South America.
View Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Dates, and Oranges
Reminiscent of a pasta salad, this recipe coats rotini and colorful vegetables with a basil-flecked balsamic vinaigrette.
View Recipe: Rotini with Chicken, Asparagus, and Tomatoes
Drizzle roasted asparagus with a delicate Dijon-lemon sauce for an elegant, yet simple, side dish. For extra presentation
points, garnish the platter with orange wedges and parsley sprigs.
View Recipe: Roasted Asparagus with Dijon-Lemon Sauce
This pasta toss comes together in a snap on busy weeknights. Complement it with a glass of white wine, such as sauvignon blanc,
and garlic-Parmesan breadsticks.
View Recipe: Penne with Asparagus, Spinach, and Bacon
Asparagus popping out of the soil is one of the first signs of spring in the garden. The days are warming up, but the nights
are still chilly—an ideal time for warm bowls of rich asparagus risotto. Save the more tender tips for the risotto pieces,
and blend the larger chopped pieces of asparagus into the broth used to cook the risotto. Garnish with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano,
if you like.
View Recipe: Spring Asparagus Risotto