When summer hits, one of my favorite dishes is tabbouleh, its bright and fresh aroma from the various chopped herbs interspersed with airy bites of bulgur. Here, I swap the bulgur for chickpeas that are crisped in a pan with shallots, a generous hit of cumin, freshly shucked corn kernels and bite-sized asparagus. Combined with the chopped herbs and topped with sumac-filled yogurt, it makes a nutrient-packed, fresh summer dish that hits the table in less than 30 minutes.
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Making panzanella— the classic Tuscan tomato-and-bread salad—without tomatoes is tricky, because you need all those juices to soften the stale bread. The trick is to find other ways to make the dish as flavor-packed and moist as possible. Here's our method with asparagus, cucumbers, and red onions, served alongside roast chicken.
I know I'm committing a grave seasonal recipe faux pas here by combining a spring ingredient (we're in the middle of asparagus season!) with a late summer product, but dammit, we've gotten so good at cherry tomatoes that they're sweet and flavorful pretty much all year round.
Despite his dinnertime freedom, Mark Bittman doesn't launch into a carnivorous feast come six o'clock. Instead, he incorporates meat into meals that are equally heavy in vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. Take this soba noodle dish for example. While it doesn't shy away from meat (hello, pork shoulder), it does incorporate a generous amount of asparagus in addition to whole grain soba noodles.
This simple pea-and-asparagus frittata is a quintessential spring dish that's as perfect for breakfast as it is a light lunch, snack or dinner. Served with a bright, fresh salad that's flavored with fresh mint and shaved asparagus, it becomes a quick and easy meal in its own right.
This warm one-pot farro salad is loaded with tender spring peas and asparagus, along with heartier ingredients like kale and crunchy almonds. Tossed with a tangy lemon-mustard vinaigrette and briny feta cheese, it's a healthy dish that celebrates of the transition from winter to spring.
This play on hash uses the combination of earthy mushrooms, sweet asparagus, and thick cut bacon as the base for runny fried eggs
If you've never fried an egg in lots of olive oil, you're missing out on some major crisp, puffy, runny action. But be warned, it's hard to go back to the more modest fried egg once you've tried this version.
Light and summery, this halibut is served with lime-laced onion relish, grilled limes and grilled avocados and asparagus, which are drizzled with smoky chipotle vinaigrette.
Try as I might, I will never tire of in-season asparagus. But I do try to switch things up to make sure things stay interesting in the kitchen. One of my favorite variations is to pair the green stalks with white miso.
A super quick, one skillet meal made with fresh spring asparagus, Spanish chorizo, and an egg fried to frizzled perfection, all served with a smoky and tangy paprika allioli.
Asparagus sautéed with shallots, chili flakes, and rendered pancetta. Served with a few eggs flashed under the broiler until soft-cooked make this into a complete, quick, single skillet meat.
Open-faced pita sandwiches made with ground lamb, asparagus, peas, and mint.
Cheese curds are tricky little guys. While they might be all squeaky and salty when fresh, they can easily turn to rubber if too cold or melt into goo when warmed. What to do?
Eggs cooked into toast served on top of sautéed asparagus with avocado and feta cheese.
Cheesy grits topped with a mix of spring vegetables sautéed with shallots in butter. A soft poached egg tops the whole mix.
An asparagus frittata with goat cheese and basil. Perfect for brunch, lunch, or a light dinner.
Chicken poached in coconut milk and chicken stock becomes amazingly tender. The rest of this salad is all crunch: napa cabbage, cashews, and blanched asparagus and green beans, dressed in a simple soy vinaigrette.
Something about the briny punch of the capers and the salty funk of the prosciutto sounded appealing when paired with the usually reserved and straight-laced green stalks.