Nettles can cause a very painful reaction if you touch them with your bare hands. You can either grab them with tongs, wear gloves, or slide a plastic bag over your hand when picking them up. Miraculously, however, once they are cooked, the sting is totally gone and what remains is a lovely green, almost spinach-y—a beautiful partner to asparagus.
In this fresh take on the classic Cobb, a little smoky char adds depth to asparagus and green onions, and the grill turns prosciutto into crisp shards. Choose large asparagus so they won’t fall through the grates.
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Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Margo True
Grilled Asparagus with Lemon
Crisp-tipped, juicy, and tender, these spears are great with lamb or fish. Opt for fat asparagus—the spears will be tender but not mushy when the tips are crisp. Lemon zest, versus juice, gives a lot of flavor without too much acidity or moisture.
Sunflower sprouts are large, leafy, and lovely in our spring version of a traditional garden salad. A large piece of local goat cheese adds just the right amount of creaminess, so you’ll forget it’s healthy.