May 10, 2012

raw asparagus salad

As I was continuing my quest for different fruits and vegetable recipes, I came across some recipes with raw asparagus.  I love asparagus, but had no idea it could be enjoyed without first being grilled, baked, boiled or sauteed.

This opened up a new world of possibilities for me. 

Like pretty curls of asparagus on pasta.  Or raw asparagus topping a veggie omelet.   Or asparagus as a crunchy addition to sushi.

I decided to start simple--a raw asparagus salad.  The first step (obviously) was to taste some raw asparagus to decide which way to go with it.  I was surprised to find out that it tastes a lot like fresh sweet peas still in the pod.  I came up with a simple dressing to bring out the springiness of it.

Raw Asparagus Salad
Serves 4

  • 1 bunch of fresh asparagus (thick stalks work best)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dry dill weed
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • dash of salt
Start by washing and drying the asparagus stalks.  Cut off and discard the bottom couple inches of the stalks.  Cut an inch or two off the tip of the asparagus stalks (to remove the buds).  Chop the tips into inch-long pieces and put them in a bowl.  To the bowl, add asparagus curls.  To make them, lay  a stalk of asparagus on the cutting board.  Using a peeler, peel thin layers of the asparagus off.  I started peeling from the bottom of the stalk to the top to avoid getting hung up on any little buds that remained.  Turn the piece around about halfway through, so that both ends get peeled (otherwise you end up with a nub where you were holding it).  Continue to peel until the whole asparagus has turned into peels.  Place the asparagus curls in the bowl with the asparagus tips.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, dill, sugar and salt.  Pour this dressing over the asparagus and toss to combine.  The asparagus tips tend to end up at the bottom of the bowl, so be sure to add some to each serving.  Serve chilled and fresh.


  1. We've actually never had raw asparagus, but that's a great idea. This puts a few new ideas in the head. Great colors!

  2. I have never had raw green asparagus sounds fascinating. Gotta get some and give it a try too as I am a salad fan!


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