05/01/2012 09:44 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

Asparagus, At Last!

We've been waiting for this moment.

We've watched the days get lighter, felt the sun get warmer. We've been going to the farmers' market, eagerly grabbing (and gobbling) those hallmarks of spring: ramps, artichokes, and now, asparagus!

Here, then, are seven ways to use our favorite spring vegetable: in salads, side dishes, soups and main courses. Stock up, and eat up -- soon, it will be summer!

Asparagus, At Last