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Sauteed Spring Vegetables

These vegetables are used as a bed for salmon, but would also be good as a side dish with grilled meat or on their own as a warm salad.

  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Serves 4
Sauteed Spring Vegetables

Photography: ANN STRATTON

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 1996


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into 1-inch-long pieces
  • 6 ounces beans (wax and/or green), trimmed and cut diagonally into 1-inch-long pieces
  • 6 ounces asparagus (green and/or white), tough ends trimmed, cut diagonally into 1-inch-long pieces
  • 6 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed, strings removed, and cut diagonally into 1-inch-long pieces
  • 6 ounces cherry tomatoes (yellow and/or orange), cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, torn in half


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt and carrots; cook 2 minutes. Add beans, asparagus, and sugar snap peas; cook until tender but still crisp, about 2 minutes. Drain and transfer vegetables to a large bowl of ice water to cool. Drain again.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add blanched vegetables, tomatoes, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Raise heat to medium high; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat, add basil, and toss to combine.

Reviews (1)

  • amykae 26 May, 2008

    I served this with Spaghettini with Lemon Zest and Chives and seared beef tenderloin at a fun girls' party I threw. It tasted like spring. Much better than some boring steamed vegetable or something. I will definitely make this again.

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