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Shaved Asparagus & Parmesan Salad (Recipe)

Shaved Asparagus & Parmesan Salad (Recipe)

I’m not offering any suggested adaptations or substitutes for this dreamy salad — it’s just so perfect on its own! With such a short ingredient list, it’s important to find the best asparagus you can. It’s probably not worth your time to use supermarket asparagus — pick some up at your local farmer’s market, use the bunch from your CSA box, or make it with your home-grown spears.

Shaved Asparagus Salad



  • 2 Shallots, finely diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/3 Cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • 12 Large asparagus spears
  • Freshly-ground pepper
  • Freshly grated parmesan, to taste

1. Prepare vinaigrette. Place finely diced shallot, Champagne vinegar, lemon juice and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Let it sit for 15 minutes so it can macerate. After that time, add olive oil and whisk.
2. Prepare asparagus. Snap off any tough ends of the spears. Using a vegetable peeler or mandolin, carefully shave off long ribbons from each spear. These should be as thin as paper. Transfer ribbons to a bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add vinaigrette, a little at a time, until dressed to your desired taste. Transfer asparagus to serving plates, and top with a little grated parmesan.

Recipe Credit: Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:40AM PST on Jan 3, 2015

Thank you!

11:02AM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

Looks interesting, love raw veggies!

4:32AM PDT on May 5, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

4:37PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

I like asparagus just on its own, personally. But this does sound nice.

2:19PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

I'm not even a salad person and that sounds delicious

12:16PM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

I looove asparagus. This sounds wonderful. Thanks!

9:59AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

I would have never thought to shave asparagus for salad. Thanks for sharing.

5:03AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

asparagus is an extremely tasty vegetable. Thank you!

8:09AM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

Healthy & nutritious!

8:22PM PDT on Apr 22, 2014

Sounds great.

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