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Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

When (and if) Spring comes, I can hardly get my mind off of Asparagus. And this Spring, I can hardly get my mind off this Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette.

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

So if you’re like me, and can hardly seem to get your fill of Asparagus, think about this bright, fresh Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette.

About Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette:

This salad is deceptively simple; just a few ingredients bring out the best in the asparagus.

I think a quick blanch in simmering water does wonders for many raw veggies served in a salad, including this one. It also takes away a little of asparagus’ potential bitterness. Blanching isn’t strictly necessary, so skip it if you’d like.

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette can be varied in so many ways. Maybe you’d like a few shavings of Parmesan or a little garlic, shallot or a few red pepper flakes in the vinaigrette. If you’d like to shortcut this salad, try it with any prepared vinaigrette you like.

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
Saving Money on Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette:

Asparagus is a vegetable I like to buy on sale – not only is the price better but when a vegetable is on sale, it is usually in season & likely harvested quickly, shipped fast and replenished often in the store. That usually means your sales priced asparagus is fresher.

Do watch for the size of the bundles you find at the grocers. Sometimes Asparagus is bundled in 12-ounce packages, other times a full pound. Check for great prices at your big box store and if you have an Aldi nearby, the prices for asparagus are usually great. Don’t waste the stalks – add them to your Green Smoothies.

Watch for specials on your lemons, too. Roll them across the counter and/or put them in the microwave for 30 seconds to get more juice. Zest them even for recipes that don’t call for it and keep the zest in the freezer.

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

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Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

A simple, beautiful and fresh salad.

  • Author: mollie kirby
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 pound asparagus

Instructions

In a large bowl, whisk lemon juice, mustard, and honey together.

In a pan large enough for the asparagus to lay flat, add about an inch of water and bring to a good simmer. Drop the asparagus in and remove after about 60 seconds. Do not overcook, asparagus should still be crispy. Drop asparagus immediately into a bowl of cold water and run more cold water into the bowl until asparagus is cool.

Trim off the root ends of asparagus. Trim asparagus tips off spears and add to the bowl.

With a vegetable peeler, shave asparagus spears into thin ribbons, adding to bowl as you go. Toss salad to combine.

Notes

Just trim the very ends of the asparagus, just to clean them up. The blanching & shaving makes the tougher bottom of the spears fine to eat.

If possible, make this salad a little ahead, 20 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 30
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 20mg
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g

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I’ll be sharing Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette at Fiesta Friday # 218 hosted this week by Ginger @ Ginger & Bread and Julianna @ Foodie on Board.

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41 Comments on “Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

  1. This looks so good……………I have never had asparagus shaved………can’t wait to try it, thank you!

    • Word of advice: use the thick asparagus if possible!! 🙂

  2. So lovely and springy! Have you tried this warmed? I have a recipe for steamed leeks, served warm, with a spicy vinaigrette and it’s still a salad, but different.

    • I have not, but I think it would be great! I like it room temp better than chilled but that might change if we get summer!

        • Now that you mention it, so true! The flavors always come more alive at room temp.

  3. I am making this right now but am worried that I might run out of dressing before the asparagus is ready…i keep sneaking tastes as it is so yummy! 😉

    • I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but I do, especially after it sat for a bit!

  4. Wow, that’s a fancy asparagus salad! I planted asparagus last year, some from crowns some from seeds. Who knows if they’ll show up this year or not. I haven’t even gone out there yet, it’s still too cold! I hope it’s not going to go straight to summer, that’d be the worst!

    • They take so long to mature! They’ve never done well in my shady lawn, the rhubarb, either…I still have tons of snow, here in MN. Snow & ice from freezing and thawing. There is one little patch in the garden area that’s bare, about 2×3 feet!! It snowed again, yesterday. I hate it when we go from cold to hot. I so enjoy the few days when it is exactly 72 degrees/11

  5. I share your love of asparagus Mollie – it’s not always a popular word in our house as they’re top of my green veggie list but close to the bottom of my husbands! I’ve never thought of shaving the spears but will give this a go….also GREAT ttp on rolling the lemons – thank you….

    • Hi Laura. I used to be more about pleasing everyone, especially when the kids were young, now I’m like “More for Me!! Bwahh ha ha!”

  6. Oh yes! I am so ready for spring, having doubts like you, that it will never arrive! But even if it never does, asparagus salad will make me feel springy! This sounds delightful!

    Thanks for such a lovely contribution to FF! 😀

    • Hi Julianna, thanks, and thank you for hosting!! Good to see you back, you were missed…now I’ll need to catch up!!

  7. I been gathering shaved asparagus salad ideas the last few weeks. I like your blanching step. Do you think that letting the asparagus marinate in the dressing for a few hours would do the same thing? I am looking for a salad to serve for a large group in mid-May. It needs to be something that can rest at room temperature for the life of the party and hold it’s flavor and texture.

    • I think it takes a lot of time for a marinade to soften asparagus, just from ones I’ve had in the past. It might depend on the asparagus, too, whether it’s the thicker spears, which I think are a little softer or the thinner ones…

  8. I went grocery shopping yesterday and spring asparagus was in!! Of course I bought some and had it with dinner last night. Perhaps I’ll make this with the rest!

    • I bought a whole bunch right before Easter!! 🙂 This is the last of it for awhile!

  9. That looks so delicious! I’m all over this. I have some asparagus plants and we’re always looking for new ways to eat them besides right out of the garden.

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