25 Ways to Use Asparagus

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Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Bundles; Giada De Laurentiis

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Asparagus season is in full swing, but before you go grabbing bunches of it at the farmers market, take a look at some of our favorite recipes for inspiration. Asparagus is one of the most versatile vegetables, because you can eat it shaved raw in salads, chopped and cooked in brunch or pasta dishes or even roasted on its own (sometimes with a little bacon). If you don't wrap it in a blanket of pork, it's low in calories — about 4 calories per spear — and it's a source of fiber and potassium. Asparagus also contains glutathione, a powerful anticarcinogen and antioxidant.

So make use of your local green market's plentiful asparagus stock with these 25 fantastic uses of asparagus.

Get more spring fruit and vegetable recipes. More asparagus recipes from our friends:

Homemade Delish: Asparagus Crostini

In Jennie's Kitchen: Asparagus & Arugula Panzanella

Napa Farmhouse 1885: Asparagus, Onion & Pesto Pizza

The Mom 100: Millet Greens Salad

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