Taste Tested: Shaved Asparagus Salad

Chloe ‘springs’ into action this week, using Ontario’s first shoots of asparagus to create a salad that’ll spear your tastebuds.

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“Asparagus has always been my favourite vegetable, so when Spring comes around I eat it every chance I get. There are so many delicious ways to prepare asparagus – from steaming, to pickling, to grilling – that we tend to forget that we can eat this veggie raw! By shaving the asparagus into this asian-flavoured salad, you can really bring out its delicate and earthy flavour.”

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Shaved Asparagus Salad

This salad makes a great side for any Asian-inspired meal, adding a bright and fresh pop of flavour.

Ingredients

  • Large bunch of Ontario asparagus
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 3 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 A? tsp ginger, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ponzu sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Trim off the woody ends of the asparagus, and then thinly shave each asparagus using a handheld vegetable peeler.
  2. Combine the shaved asparagus with the chopped mint and green onions.
  3. For the salad dressing, whisk together the ginger, oil, rice vinegar, lime juice, ponzu, and mustard. Dress the salad with salt, pepper, and half the dressing: the rest you can save in the fridge for another lucky salad!

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

About Taste Tested

From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. WithA�?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing outA�their favourites of the season. A�Come discover what�s on our table � literally!

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