Asparagus and Radish Salad

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A humble little side dish, celebrating quintessential early summer favorites, easy preparation and some creative add-ins alike. This is warm season cooking at its best! Provided you make sure you lay your hands on locally grown, high quality produce (i.e. don’t go for asparagus spears from Peru unless you live in – that’s right – Peru), you’re definitely in for a treat. And why not make a bigger batch and serve this at one of those summer get togethers? Here in Sweden, we’re very likely to make this as part of our midsummer spread. These precious early summer vegetables (called primörer in Swedish) really do shine the most when prepared simply and without much fuss. But especially when you invite people over, it can be fun to serve something that looks a little more thought-through. This recipe balances that line quite nicely – the vegetables are in fact allowed to shine, but the add-ins make it a touch more interesting. All together, it makes for a pretty dish we could easily munch on every day right now. Hope you’ll like it too!

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Asparagus with Sun-dried Tomato Romesco

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Spring might have sprung over a month ago, but the seasonal shift with regards to our dinner plates didn’t really happen until now – with the first asparagus of the year. They’re almost holy, the very first spears we dig into! And the more precious the vegetable, the simpler preparation we tend to prefer – I mean, a peak season ear of corn just slathered in some butter and salt? New potatoes boiled with dill? Sugar snap peas just as is? And who thinks a still-warm-from-the-sun tomato needs any additions? Asparagus definitely belongs to the same category. Sautéed or grilled with a drizzle of oil and a sprinkle of salt is by far our go-to way of preparation, and it satisfies us each and every time. A delicious dip or sauce on the side could both make the presentation a bit prettier and the flavor buds even happier, however – so that’s what we’ve done here. We love different versions of romesco sauce any day, and made it here with sun-dried tomatoes as the main ingredient. The saltiness of them goes perfectly with the crunchy, earthy asparagus spears (without overpowering anything) and, well, lends a simple yet elegant spring dish. Whether you serve it as a stand-alone first course or as part of a main dish, we’ll let you decide. We hope you’ll like it!

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