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I planted my spring garden a few weeks before leaving for California and when I arrived back on Monday, I was pleased to see little tufts of radish leaves and spinach poking through. Spring, now that I’m an official midwesterner, has become my favorite season.
There’s something magical about the sudden change from gloomy, grey filled days to ones filled with sunshine, flowers and birds chirping. I swear the last few weeks have seemed like living in a musical; the moment temperatures swing above 70, our entire neighborhood springs alive. Everyone is out walking, gardening and enjoying the outdoors after being shut-in for what seems like months.
So, I’m celebrating too. In my kitchen. I knew I wanted to celebrate spring produce in a salad, but one that felt fancy enough to serve at brunches, baby or bridal showers and Easter next weekend. Shaved asparagus, while kinda a pain to prepare, is the perfect centerpiece.
I love the subtle crisp texture of shaved asparagus. To prep, slice off the ends then use a vegetable peeler or mandolin to create wispy, see-through strands. Put on a podcast (may I suggest S-Town, Accused or Pod Save the World) and enjoy this meditative process. It probably took me less than 10 minutes to shave an entire bunch, which is well worth the time and texture it creates.
This salad works because of the layering of flavors. If it grows in the spring, I put it in this salad. Thinly sliced radishes, mint, slivered almonds, couscous and a lemon-mustard dressing. Cooked couscous almost clings to the shaved asparagus like pasta, so I don’t recommend subbing out another grain in it’s place.
If you plan on serving this to a crowd, prepare all of the ingredients ahead of time and the dressing separately. Then, just before serving, toss, season and serve.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Shaved Asparagus Spring Salad! Perfect for showers, brunch, Easter and more. Vegan.