Jumbo Asparagus Salad with Parma Ham, Parmesan, and Lemon Vinaigrette

Published May 1, 1993.

Why this recipe works:

To determine the best and easiest asparagus recipe for jumbo or medium spears, we tried boiling and microwaving. But in the end, steaming got our vote as the best asparagus recipe. Not only was it faster than boiling, it resulted in a more healthful plate of asparagus, peeled or not. And… read more

To determine the best and easiest asparagus recipe for jumbo or medium spears, we tried boiling and microwaving. But in the end, steaming got our vote as the best asparagus recipe. Not only was it faster than boiling, it resulted in a more healthful plate of asparagus, peeled or not. And forget about microwaving asparagus entirely: It shriveled and dried the spears out.

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Serves 4

Even though Alfred Portale (author of this recipe) peels, bundles, and cooks his asparagus in boiling water, we still prefer the steaming method, even for jumbo spears. Of course, large or even medium asparagus can be substituted. Medium spears, those under 1/2 inch in diameter, will cook in 4 to 5 minutes.

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