Take A Walk On The Raw Side With Asparagus

Raw Asparagus Salad

April 4, 2013   9 Comments

You know that you are dull if the most exciting part of your week is eating raw asparagus for the first time.

That’s right, readers, I am boring. I will say that I was digging deep to find a new recipe for asparagus for our recipe swap, and I am thrilled that fresh asparagus is rolling into the supermarkets.

I didn’t think I would like raw asparagus because it would be too tough to eat. Boy, I was wrong. If you slice it thinly enough, it is crunchy, a little softer than a carrot.

I saw a similar salad in my Sunday paper and this turned out so amazing it might be my new favorite asparagus dish. It is like Springtime in your mouth. Seriously. The flavors are bright and the texture is both crunchy and soft (because of the mushrooms).

Buy asparagus that has fat stalks, if you can find it. It will make it easier to slice up. Be sure to peel the ends if they are tough. My asparagus was medium sized and I didn’t have to peel it.

If you have a block of Parmesan lying around, shaved cheese is a great addition to the salad. Take out your vegetable peeler and make some cute curly bits to put on the top for a garnish. Yum!

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Raw Asparagus Salad Recipe

Makes 4 servings

1/2 pound asparagus, tough stems removed
1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
4 ounces white mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
shaved parmesan cheese (optional)

Slice the asparagus very thin on a diagonal to create thin oblong slices. Add the asparagus, parsley, and mushrooms to a salad bowl. Dress with olive oil and lemon juice and adjust flavors with salt and pepper.

Without cheese:

54 calories, 3.8 g fat, 0.6 g saturated fat, 4.2 g carbohydrates, 1.8 g sugar, 2.6 g protein, 2.0 g fiber, 12 mg sodium, 2 Points+

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9 Comments:

YUM!! I've never thought about eating asparagus raw. I don't know why since I like to eat a lot of raw veggies. Asparagus is something I look forward to each year. I'm like a kid waking up Christmas morning when I start seeing asparagus in the grocery store. I love making a little dish out of foil, place the yummy asparagus in the dish, drizzle olive oil, sprinkle salt & pepper and throw it on the grill. But I'm definitely trying raw asparagus, thanks Snack Girl.

on April 4, 2013

My favorite new way to eat asparagus is on homemade pizza (I know it's not the healthiest meal, but the asparagus does help make it healthier). Just slice the cleaned asparagus into bite-size pieces and sprinkle it over the top of the pizza. The asparagus roasts while the pizza is cooking in the oven. The only problem is that it's hard to cut through the asparagus with a pizza cutter when you're slicing the pizza into pieces.

on April 4, 2013

While they're still kinda expensive, I buy our asparagus from a big membership-club warehouse.

When I'm washing the stalks (is that the right term?) and/or I find that I need to make some room on the baking sheet (we roast ours), I'll have one or two or three raw ones. Yum.

I hadn't thought about making a raw salad with them; thanks for the idea, Lisa!

Re: this peeling/trimming stuff. Medium or thick, I dump the bag in the sink, wash them well with the sprayer, pick up 4 or 5, shake them off, and bend the bundle until they break at the right spot.

The tough, woody part is in one hand, and the yummy, edible part is in the other. No knives needed. :)

on April 4, 2013

plant some in your yard. the best is fresh cut from the garden.

on April 4, 2013

What a great idea. Can't wait to try this. Had what I had on hand last night, so I will be shopping tomorrow for some more. Also lemons make everything taste better.

on April 4, 2013

I love raw asparagus with some dip as a snack.

on April 4, 2013

I guess I am boring too, because I recently had my first experience with raw asparagus in a restaurant dinner salad. It was delicious! I always roast or grill asparagus, so I am eager to try your recipe. Less pots and pans to use! Thanks!

on April 4, 2013

Odd question - does anyone know if you get the same stinky urine with raw asparagus like you do with cooked asparagus? I hope I am not the only one who has experienced this! :)

on April 4, 2013

@Tonya - yes, there is the same effect on your urine with the raw stuff. I would still give it a try, though.

on April 5, 2013


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