These delicious recipes highlighting beautiful spring produce include penne with asparagus and peas and warm strawberry crumble cake.
Warm Asparagus Salad with Fava Beans & Fresh Ricotta | “All the things that are wonderful about spring are in this one dish,” says Amelia O’Reilly. She suggests substituting English peas, even frozen ones, for the fava beans if favas aren’t available or you don’t want to bother shelling them. “My mom buys favas and they just sit in the bag,” she says.
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.
Spring Lettuce Salad with Roasted Asparagus | The rolling hills surrounding Lexington, Kentucky—some of the country's most expensive rural real estate—are used primarily for Thoroughbred grazing. "But outside that 15-mile ring are great farms," says Amber Huffman, the Jackson family's private chef. She features farmers' market lettuces here, which get warmed by roasted asparagus.
Sugar Snap Peas with Soffrito, Hot Pepper and Mint | "It's hard to improve upon a perfect sugar snap pea," says Gjelina chef Travis Lett. "The question for the chef is, how do you not screw it up?" Lett's answer is to keep things simple, by cooking the sweet peas with fresh mint, crushed red pepper and soffrito (an aromatic Italian mix of sauteed minced vegetables, usually used to flavor soups and sauces).
Sugar Snaps and Snow Peas with Grated Fresh Horseradish | Convenience-store wasabi-coated peas, a fiery, crunchy snack, inspired this vibrant summer dish from David Chang. Chang decided to echo the flavor of the peas by tossing some of his favorite crisp vegetables from the farmers' market (including snow peas and sugar snaps) with fresh horseradish. Be sure to grate the horseradish at the very last minute, he advises, since it loses potency quickly as it sits.
Quinoa Salad with Sugar Snap Peas | Quinoa is one of the most versatile gluten-free ingredients. It's high in protein and fiber, and makes a fantastic healthy grain salad. This easy salad features crunchy sugar snap peas and roasted pumpkin seeds for salty crunch. It can be made in advance and enjoyed at room temperature for picnics, cookouts or just a healthy brown bag lunch.
Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Pine Nut-Kasha Granola & Ricotta | "Everyone adds nuts to salad, but I wanted to do something different," says Justin Smillie. He tops crisp snap peas with a savory granola that includes pine nuts and kasha. Ricotta adds another layer of texture; Smillie makes his own cheese at the restaurant, but good-quality store-bought fresh ricotta is also delicious.