Asparagus, strawberries, galore: Recipes for spring produce

WASHINGTON — A sign of warmer weather is popping up at farmers markets and grocery stores around the region — it’s spring produce.

Here are some ideas on how you can savor the season and turn an abundance of asparagus, peas and strawberries into delicious and healthy meals.

Grilled asparagus with lemon butter

Transform the taste of fresh vegetables with the lick of a flame. Serve grilled asparagus hot and with a compound butter made with white wine and lemon. Find the recipe here.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Strawberry pistachio torte

Strawberry jam and fresh strawberries add a hint of sweetness to the rich, nutty cake. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Almond-crusted bake-fried asparagus

Give asparagus the flair of “fried” without the added fat. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Pea and mint bread salad

This pea-centric dish is based on the classic Italian panzanella salad. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Mini strawberry popovers

Believe it or not, these puffy pastries won’t bust your diet … even if you eat several. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Strawberry balsamic-glazed pork tenderloin 

Think outside the traditional applications of strawberries and go savory with a glazed pork dish. Find the recipe here.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Fresh and creamy asparagus soup with tarragon

Pureed vegetables, onion and a Yukon Gold potato give this soup its creamy taste and texture. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Sugar snap pea salad with crispy prosciutto and mint

Celebrity chef Anne Burrell lends her expertise for this spring salad. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Strawberry-rhubarb pastry

This dessert is a twist on the classic pie recipe. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Pressure cooker risotto with asparagus

This crunchy-creamy combo is the perfect weeknight dinner. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Strawberry shortcake

A summertime classic that needs no introduction. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Spring gnocchi with asparagus and shrimp

A pasta dish, fit for spring cookouts and dinner parties. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Chilled cucumber, avocado and pea soup with mint pesto

A bright, light and flavorful soup. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Shrimp with strawberry cocktail sauce

A fruity take on the typical cocktail sauce. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Pan-seared asparagus with shrimp, shiitakes and chilies

A one-pan meal, flavored with ginger, garlic, chili and oyster sauce. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Raw asparagus, mushroom and parsley salad

This recipe is full of tips on how to pick, store and prep the perfect asparagus. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Strawberry-lime soft serve fruit

Have extra strawberries? Blend them up with some honey and lime. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

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