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) (AP/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) (AP/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) (AP/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) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/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) (AP/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) (AP/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) (AP/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) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Matthew Mead)
Strawberry-rhubarb pastry This dessert is a twist on the classic pie recipe. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
Pressure cooker risotto with asparagus This crunchy-creamy combo is the perfect weeknight dinner. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
Strawberry shortcake A summertime classic that needs no introduction. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/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) (AP/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) (AP/Matthew Mead)
Shrimp with strawberry cocktail sauce A fruity take on the typical cocktail sauce. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/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) (AP/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) (AP/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) (AP/Matthew Mead)
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