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Shaved Asparagus Salad with Nut “Parmesan”

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Nut “Parmesan”

Do you ever great bored when you try to “eat healthy”? You feel limited as your repertoire of health supportive (and tasty) meals is a short list and you end up preparing the same dishes time and time again. A simple fix is to try cooking your favorite foods in a different way. If you always roast a veggie try sautéing it or eating it raw instead. If you always use one kind of bean, mix it up by trying a different variety or prepare the bean from scratch. Changing up your diet will excite your taste buds, and give you a chance to broaden your overall diet.

Shaved Asparagus Salad

With Spring officially here, I’m craving lighter meals as a means to do a little “Spring Cleaning” of my own diet. I love grilling and roasting asparagus, but instead I opted to make a raw salad with the seasonal produce. Asparagus is high in Vitamin K, A, Folate, Iron, as well as an excellent source of fiber. This salad comes together in a flash and is so simple to make. If you know how to peel a carrot, you can make this salad. I love it on its own, but have also served it over romaine with cucumber slices and my Caesar Dressing. The faux-parmesan is also a great have on hand anytime your pasta, pizza, or salad needs a little salty, cheesy bite.

Shaved Asparagus Salad

 

Shaved Asparagus Salad
Serves 2-4

1 bunch asparagus
juice of half a lemon, or more to taste
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
Nut “Parmesan” {recipe to follow}
fresh basil leaves

  1. Holding the tough end of an asparagus stalk, use a vegetable peeler to “shave” the asparagus from end to tip. Repeat until all asparagus are ‘shaved’ and discard tough ends. {Ripe Tip: See pictures}
  2. Toss the asparagus in olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. {Ripe Tip: You can serve this salad immediately or chill 10 – 15 to allow the dressing to marinate and soften the asparagus.} Garnish with Nut “Parmesan” and fresh basil.

 

 Asparagus

Shaving the asparagus 

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the carnage: the tough ends and excess pieces from shaving the asparagus down

 

Nut “Parmesan”

1/4 cup pinenuts
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste

  1. In a blender or food processor, pulse all ingredients into a fine powder.

Shaved Asparagus Salad

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