Spring Salad with Shaved Asparagus and Lemon-Parsley Dressing

Spring Salad with Shaved Asparagus and Lemon-Parsley Dressing is crisp, zesty, flavorful and healthy  – perfect to cool your spring fever.

Spring Salad with Shaved Asparagus and Lemon-Parsley Dressing

Spring fever.  Anyone have it? Plants are perking up, birds are chirping, animals are frolicking. You’re restless… perhaps irritable… and things. Why? Why, life, whyyyyy?

I googled it and discovered the reason for spring fever is on account of all the serotonin that’s rip roaring through our systems because of the increased amount of sunlight the earth has bestowed upon us, as serotonin is formed by sunlight. Winter = melatonin = hibernation. Spring = serotonin = bow chicka wow wow.

Sorry. I will never do that to you again. And I always make promises I can’t keep.

Spring Salad with Shaved Asparagus and Lemon-Parsley Dressing

Spring salad. Should we fan your spring fever with it? Cool it down, tell it to take a chill pill?

The best part about spring other than extended daylight is all the crisp spring produce. Asparagus, radishes, fennel, citrus, root vegetables, green beans, peas, greens, greens, and greens…they’re all in season and ripe for the shaving, chopping, salad-ing.

Spring Salad with Shaved Asparagus and Lemon-Parsley Dressing

Have you ever shaved an asparagus? This was my first shaved asparagus rodeo and it was a boot-stomping hootenanny. All the asparagus got shaved. My legs were jealous. Shaving asparagus does require a little time and energy output but what happens is pretty magical. All you need is a vegetable peeler or potato peeler to put asparagus in a different perspective. Shaving gives asparagus a makeover. Dresses it in a new outfit. Makes it so utterly edible raw. You just take your tater peeler to raw stalks of asparagi and add in thinly sliced radishes and fennel for a spring jamboree of color and flavor.

Spring Salad with Shaved Asparagus and Lemon-Parsley Dressing

This salad took me by surprise. I was originally going to make a roasted spring vegetable salad, but it was so warm and sunny this weekend (< – – – my apologies to those who are still freezing and frowny. Winter just wasn’t in our plan this year), that I decided to leave the veggies raw and whip up a zesty, herb-y lemon-parsley dressing. I was fairly certain it was going to be a blasé recipe, not meant for sharing on the blog. . .

And it was the exact opposite.  The thinly sliced spring veggies with the lemon-parsley dressing, walnuts and feta cheese come together like bow chicka bow wow wow. Oops.

Spring Salad with Shaved Asparagus and Lemon-Parsley Dressing

And because I can’t possibly eat salad without gobs of avocado and some form of animal protein, I ate the salad like this as soon as I finished snapping photos.

Do the Cupid Shuffle then cool your spring fever with this spring salad.

Spring Salad with Shaved Asparagus and Lemon-Parsley Dressing

Spring Salad with Shaved Asparagus and Lemon-Parsley Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Ingredients

For the Spring Salad:

  • 1 bunch asparagus shaved
  • 1 bunch radishes thinly sliced, 8 radishes
  • 1 large bulb fennel thinly sliced
  • ¼ red onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup raw walnuts chopped
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbles

For the Lemon-Parsley Dressing:

  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt to taste

Options for serving:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Avocado

Instructions

To Make the Lemon-Parsley Dressing:

  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing and set aside until ready to use.

To Make the Spring Salad:

  1. Rinse all of the vegetables well and chop off the tough ends of the asparagus and discard.
  2. Run a vegetable peeler (or potato peeler) down the full length of each stalk of asparagus, adding the shavings to a large salad bowl.
  3. Once you get down to the center of the asparagus and it becomes difficult to peel, you can chop the remaining parts finely and add it to the salad.
  4. Thinly slice the radishes and fennel bulb and add to the salad bowl along with the chopped walnuts and feta cheese.
  5. Pour all of the lemon-parsley dressing over the salad and toss well.
  6. If desired, serve the salad with chopped hard boiled eggs and avocado.
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Comments

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    So, my husband, he has his first case of “spring fever”
    Ugh. I thought it was bad when he gets a man cold. This is worse
    Totally trying this rid him of it
    Before I get rid of him
    I KID!
    This is beautiful girl, pinned!

    1. Julia Post author

      bahaha! Stick him on a trail 10 miles away and tell him to find his way home…that’ll help him get some of his spring fever energy out 😉 Good luck, sister!

  2. Kate

    This looks awesome! Loving the shaved asparagus and how simple that dressing is. This is probably going to convince me to actually try fennel at some point this week 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks, Kate! You’ll love the salad! Fennel definitely has a unique flavor, but the fennel flavor is kind of masked in this salad because of all the other ingredients, so I’d say this is a great recipe to start with if you aren’t used to fennel! Hope you had a great weekend 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Bahaha! Any time, Marisa! I’m ready to make this salad again because I enjoyed it so much the first time…can’t promise I’ll give my legs any attention though. 😉

  3. Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies

    Shaved asparagus = a way to get asparagus in even more bites = totally on board with that! I’ll let you know if I get a case of spring fever as soon as it stops snowing. Seriously. Snow. Right now. But I closed my blinds, so let’s pretend it’s sunny already.

    1. Julia Post author

      I feel bad parading our sunny weather around like it owns the place, but it seriously does. What the crap is with the west coast this year? Wish I could help you out with your overly long winter and take some of it off your hands 😉

  4. Josie

    Shaved Asaparagus Salad is one of my favorite things about spring. I really love the combination you used here – radishes totally don’t get enough love, but they are so fab in a salad!

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks, Josie! Adding radishes to salad is altogether new for me, and after making this, I’m totally sold!

    1. Julia Post author

      An avocado a day keeps the doctor away, that’s my motto. Seriously, I eat an entire avocado every day. It’s kind of ridiculous. The radishes are pretty stellar in this salad because they add a nice peppery flavor and aren’t overwhelming. Like, they don’t make you want to spit them out and wash your mouth out with Listerine 😉 Hope you try it!

  5. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    I’ve never tried shaving asparagus but it does sound like a hootenanny! My legs might be a little jealous too. 😉

    In all seriousness, this salad looks amazing. For some reason, I’m dreaming of adding boiled egg and avocado to it….

    1. Julia Post author

      This salad is RIGHT up your alley, Sarah! You’ll love it! And the hubs! Loves all around! P.S. why is it that we give our food more attention than our hygiene? Hmmmm….

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks, Vijay!! Let me know when you make it. Amazing how addicting and delicious fresh raw veggies can be. The lemon-parsley dressing is a real deal maker!

    1. Julia Post author

      It certainly does, my dear!! We need to scarf some of this salad and then sow some plants like we’re responsible for feeding the world in order to get some of this spring fever energy out.

  6. Joanne

    My legs are DEFINITELY jealous of all the asparagus I’ve been shaving. And I think the.boy is kind of wishing I’d direct my shaving proclivities elsewhere, but oh well. It’s still not shorts season here, so who cares.

    I love how fresh this salad is!!

  7. Abby

    It’s just so pretty! I love this spring weather, give me all the serotonin haha. I’m ready for everything to wake up and get all twitter pated.

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