I must admit, salads are not my thing. I love vegetables, but I just find salads to be exceptionally boring most of the time. So I was determined to find some new salads that were different and exciting to eat. This Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette was enough to get me out of the salad rut and willing to eat salad again.
I love that the flavors are so unique but at the same time the salad goes well with so many different things. It is great with any heavier or creamier dishes as the citrus of the lemon and peppery flavor of the arugula cuts through the richness of a dish. You could also add some chopped nuts for crunch factor or some Parmesan for the cheese lovers!
This Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette is so incredibly light and fresh, it just screams spring. Even the hubby who is less of a salad fan than I am is willingly eating this salad and asking for it with dinner.
Making your own salad dressing is so incredibly easy and it tastes SO MUCH BETTER than the store bought kinds. Plus, you can control what is in your food and avoid the preservatives and other unnatural ingredients. I love to make dressing in a small jar that I have saved, such as those salsa jars. You can throw all the ingredients in and shake to combine. So fast! Plus, it works as a storage device for the leftover dressing as well. Win-win.
Lemon Dijon Dressing
- 1 lemon
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 lb asparagus
- 4 cups lettuce of choice
- Trim the ends of the asparagus. Using a peeler, press firmly and peel the asparagus from just below the tip all the way down the stalk. Repeat until the entire stalk is shaved. Snap off the asparagus tip. Repeat for the remaining asparagus.
- Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the asparagus shavings and tips and cook just two minutes so that the asparagus is cooked through but not soft. Remove the asparagus and submerge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
- Zest the lemon and put the zest in a small jar with a lid or in a small bowl. Juice the lemon and add to the zest.
- Add the oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper to the lemon juice and zest. If in a jar, put the lid on and shake to combine. If in a bowl, whisk to combine.
- Place one cup of your lettuce of choice into separate small bowls. Top each pile of lettuce with 1/4 of the asparagus. Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.
31 thoughts on “Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette”
Glad you are eating salads again! I love asparagus and it’s the perfect season for it now, isn’t it? 🙂
I just love salads. This sure sounds delicious. I love vinaigrette dressings. I will definitely give this a try. Thank you very much for sharing this. 🙂
This recipe just screams summer. So light and fresh, I love it!
Wow, I am actually shocked by how amazing this looks.
This looks so yummy!!!
Completely agree! Home made dressing just tastes so much more satisfying than store bought.
Love this recipe, perfect for a spring picnic.
Sophie | MapleTreeBlog
So delicious! I am obsessed with asparagus!
This looks so yummy! With summer right around the corner it’s a great recipe to have on hand 🙂
I’m so getting into the salad vibe atm. sounds lovely.
Yum! That dressing sounds delicious!!
I ate way too many salads and got burned out on them for quite some time. I have slowly started eating them and will have to try this one out. I LOVE asparagus!
Really an excellent recipe, a perfect way to usher in the summer. I agree that salads can get boring. How do you feel about using a cured salmon for a protein?
I think that would be perfect! Most of these flavors you see alongside salmon already (asparagus, lemon, etc) so I say go for it!
Yum! I’m not a huge fan of asparagus by itself but I love it mixed in with salads 🙂 Love the pretty pictures…
This looks delicious! I bought some asparagus yesterday without a meal in mind – perfect timing! Thank you for sharing.
This looks so good. I love asparagus but never had it like this. I am pinning. Also, would you be OK with my using this recipe in a spring seasonal cooking roundup? I’ll link back to you of course.
That sounds great, I would love to be included! Be sure to let me know when you post it and I will promote as well 🙂
This looks really tasty! I would definitely love to have it with some shaved parmesan! Would also be great along side a steak. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Definitely going to try this your recipe sounds so good x
Salads aren’t my thing either but I love the flavor combinations in this! Pinning!
I just planted oodles and oodles of asapargus so… two years from now, I will absolutely need this recipe 😉
In the meantime, though, I’ll be eating the store bought variety.
It’s pinned for the future when i’m inundated, though!
Looks so good! Asparagus was on sale this week, so I will definitely be trying this out! Sharing!
I’m always looking for delicious, new salad dressings. This Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette sounds amazing!
I pinned this salad. Asparagus is in season so I’ll have plenty of oppourtunities to make this beauty!
What a novel idea to shave it! I feel like I could pull a fast one on my kids with that!
Definitely! Take off the tips and I bet they would not be able to recognize it 🙂
Yum, I love asparagus, pinning this recipe to try!
This looks amazing! I made something similar a little while ago and it was tasty! Yours looks REALLY good!
Great salad, love green vegetables! Suddenly, in a dressing present honey, but it’s for the better (thanks for the idea). However, I would add Parma ham 🙂
Parma ham would go very well with it! Or any type of cured pork, bacon, etc. Great idea! 🙂
I love salads, especially with a light dressing like this. Perfect for a good bowl of spring/summer salad.