It’s not hard to see why there’s been a big push in recent years to “eat seasonally” — summer’s strawberries and winter’s leafy greens have so much more flavor (and nutrients!) than their out-of-season counterparts. Although you can find asparagus on grocery store shelves year-round, this spring vegetable is technically only in season from late April to June, and I’ve only recently begun to appreciate it’s amazing versatility. From grilling skinny spears at the family barbecue to shaving plump asparagus stalks into salads, there is plenty of room for experimenting, and you really can’t go wrong with this naturally delicious veg. Click through the slides to see how many ways you can transform ordinary asparagus to extraordinary… or enjoy it at its simplest. And I’d love to know in the comments — what’s your favorite way to cook asparagus?

Cilantro Black Rice with Roasted Garlic Scapes and Asparagus by Dolly and Oatmeal

Lentil Salad with Spring Greens, Asparagus, and a Soft Egg from The Year In Food

Spring Panzanella from Cannelle et Vanille

Shaved Asparagus Salad by Nutrition Stripped

Spring Buckwheat Salad from The Green Kitchen Stories

Roasted White Asparagus and Caper Berries from My New Roots

Simple Asparagus and Ramp Soup with Rustic Spelt Bread from The First Mess

Orecchiette with Peas, Asparagus, and Mascarpone by the Flourishing Foodie

Asparagus Tart with Walnuts and Parmesan from Not Without Salt

Lola Rosa, Asparagus, Fava Bean, and Radish Salad with Crushed Mulberry and Basil Vinaigrette from Lemon Fire Brigade

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    Allison + Amy | VelvetCrate | April 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    These recipes all look so tasty. Love asparagus!

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    Molly McConn | April 17, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Had asparagus just last night! Can’t help but be attracted to those white asparagus with caper berried — had the freshest, thickest white asparagus in France last summer served with hollandaise. That tart looks divine also! Great round up.

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    Clever Girl Reviews | April 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I should have picked some up at the market but I wasn’t feeling inspired! Now I am!

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    Linda | April 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I love to roast asparagus with asparagus with a little olive oil, salt and pepper in a 400 degree oven…grilling it is another good option, and I like it steamed as well.

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