Photo: Justin Walker; Styling: Alistair Turnbull 
Hands-on Time
17 Mins
Total Time
17 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

This is as simple--and delicious--as it gets: earthy mushrooms, crisp asparagus, and a wee hit of citrus to bring it all together. Because it's both robust and delicate, this side would go with pretty much any entrée.


'Shroom subs: Chanterelle, morel, reconstituted dried wood ear mushrooms

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 8 cups water and 2 teaspoons salt in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Add asparagus; cook 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain; plunge asparagus into ice water. Drain well.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms; sauté 4 minutes or until mushrooms release most of their liquid. Add asparagus; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, butter, lemon rind, and pepper. Serve immediately.

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