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!
• Check out the entries for Your Best Spring Vegetable Recipe contest on Food52. • Make the most of spring's bounty with our Spring Greenmarket Feast. • Got a question in the kitchen? The Food52 Hotline is here to help!