Although some may eat asparagus year-round, we're champions of seasonality and believe that the bright green stalks are best consumed when they can be found locally in the spring. Head to your farmers' market this weekend and you’re bound to come across stands selling the most beloved of spring vegetables—the aforementioned asparagus—in all shapes, colors, and sizes.
Once you’ve scooped up some prized stalks, you’re challenged with a far more difficult task: figuring out what to make. While it’s absolutely scrumptious drizzled with olive oil, roasted at high heat, and seasoned with a generous sprinkle of flaky sea salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon, asparagus is a versatile vegetable that can be prepared in a variety of interesting ways. To encourage you to try a new take on an old standby, here are nine inventive dishes for a more thrilling culinary experience.
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What is your favorite way to prepare asparagus at home?