Photo: Dylan + Jeni; Styling: Scott Horne
Hands-on Time
13 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

Fresh spring produce needs little embellishment, although a quick toss with bacon never hurts.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Add green peas, asparagus, and snap peas; cook 3 minutes. Drain; rinse under cold water. Drain.

Step 2

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble.

Step 3

Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings; add oil to pan over medium heat. Add shallots; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar and mustard; cook 30 seconds. Add asparagus mixture, tarragon, salt, and pepper; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in crumbled bacon and rind.

Ratings & Reviews

Lauren's Review

April 25, 2016
I thought this was pretty good, though honestly my favorite part was the bacon!  I added more tarragon than called for because I LOVE fresh tarragon.  Overall a good spring side dish.

Best Spring Veggie Side Dish!

March 30, 2016
Made enough for 22 Easter Dinner guests.  Everyone raved about the dish.  

Cut veggies smaller

March 29, 2016
Notes for next time (and there WILL be a next time): 1. Cut asparagus and peas smaller 2. Cook asparagus for 2 min before adding peas. Delicious! But best when fresh. Not so pretty left over.

Excellent Flavors Make You Want More

March 01, 2016
I made this recipe and my family loved it.  I did not have tarragon vinegar so I used an orange muscato  vinegar from Trader Joes because I did not want the distinctive Balsamic taste.  The asparagus right now is wonderfully thin and tinder so you did not have to cook it for very long.  The veggies pick up the flavor from the sauce well and each bite was filled with the flavor of the sauce.  Of course the bacon on top seals the deal.  In the end this is a great way to get youth to eat their veggies because of the delicious flavors.

Main with a statement

February 29, 2016
Had this tonight at my neighbors. Amazing flavor from the tarragon. She added a small amount of cubed chicken. Enjoyed with a glass of French Rose'. Awesome.

One pot side

February 24, 2016
Lots of good veggies in a nice sauce.  I would add some lemon-pepper or other herb to spark it up a bit.