Shaved Asparagus Salad Recipe With Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Dressing

This Asparagus Salad Recipe is the perfect complement of spring.

| January/February 2014

  • Raw, shaved asparagus makes the perfect base for this incredible Asparagus Salad Recipe.
    Photo By Sarah Sinning

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Shaved Asparagus Salad Recipe

When most people think about their favorite asparagus dishes, a raw preparation doesn’t generally come to mind. Although a classically trained chef, I could even count myself among those numbers — that is, until I started farming a few years back and had the opportunity to taste asparagus as it was meant to be eaten — right out of the ground! Once the woody part of the stem is removed, the tips are delicately sweet with just a hint of nuttiness — the perfect base for a light spring salad.

Yields 4 generous servings

2 bunches asparagus
8 to 10 small red radishes
5 slices bacon
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Remove woody ends from asparagus by holding each stalk and then bending in half until it breaks naturally. This is the best way to make sure you’re only using the tender part of the stalk. Then, using a vegetable peeler, shave each stalk, starting with the tip and proceeding toward the broken end. Left intact, the tips add to the texture and overall attractiveness of the dish. Place asparagus in large bowl. Thinly slice radishes. Place in bowl with asparagus and set aside.

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