Asparagus Black Rice Salad with Cranberries is a stunning spring dish that's packed with gorgeous colors and healthy ingredients.
Place two medium-sized bowls with ice water on your work space. Cut the bottom few inches (the tough portion), off of the asparagus and discard. Then rinse and peel them from just below the floret, using a vegetable peeler.
Place a steamer in a pot with the water level just below it. Over high heat, bring the water to a boil and then add the asparagus to the rack and cover. Steam just until tender, about 5 minutes. Immediately add the steamed asparagus to one of the bowls of ice water and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then remove, dry, and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.