Chilled Asparagus Soup with Herbed Shrimp

Pureed chilled asparagus soup
Asparagus is used two ways in this puréed cold soup: it adds a grassy note to the potato-leek base and is left raw for the shrimp salad garnish.Kat Craddock

Asparagus pulls double duty in this elegant cold soup from chef Kevin Johnson of Charleston's The Grocery: it's cooked with leeks and potatoes for the smooth, silky base and tossed with poached shrimp, crunchy radishes, and fresh herbs for the colorful salad on top.