Macaroni Salad Week is a time for reflection and introspection. How, how will I ever replace the mayonnaise in the classic macaroni salad that invites itself to every picnic, reunion, barbecue and other such grill gathering? And as I was contemplating the wonder of spring that is fresh asparagus and how nicely it pairs with lemon, the answer came to me. It's creamy, tangy, full of umami and just might be the perfect binder. Goat cheese.

Serve this goat cheese, lemon and asparagus macaroni salad with lighter fare, like grilled chicken, fish or shrimp for a lighter, seasonal, more flavorful version of a beloved barbecue side.