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Asparagus

Shaved Asparagus & White Bean Salad

This shaved asparagus salad makes a unique and healthy side dish for easy entertaining. It yields enough for a crowd, but if you have leftovers, combine with tuna the next day for a satisfying and delicious lunch.

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Shaved Asparagus Salad
Photo by Cara Lyons

Inspired by this shaved asparagus salad? Try these sesame noodles with asparagus & carrots.

Servings
10
Prep Time
25 min
Duration
25 min

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches fresh asparagus (about 1 lb each)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 1/2 cups cooked cannellini beans or 2 15-oz BPA-free cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsalted walnuts (2 oz), lightly toasted
  • 1/2 cup shaved Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
  • 1/4 cup slivered basil
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. Hold each spear of asparagus by its thick stem and lay it down on a cutting board. Using a vegetable peeler, shave asparagus into long ribbons. Place ribbons in a large bowl and discard remaining stems. (NOTE: You should be left with about 1 lb shaved asparagus.) Drizzle oil over asparagus and toss to coat.
  2. Add onion, beans, orange and lemon juices, and vinegar. Toss to combine.
  3. Fold in walnuts, cheese and basil. Season with salt and pepper. The shaved asparagus salad can be served immediately or prepared in advance; chill, covered, for 4 to 6 hours in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 3/4 cup
  • Calories 171
  • Carbohydrate Content 17 g
  • Cholesterol Content 6 mg
  • Fat Content 8 g
  • Fiber Content 6 g
  • Protein Content 9 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 137 mg
  • Sugar Content 3 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 3 g