This salad is made with arugula, shaved asparagus, shaved carrots and slivered almonds. It’s simple, elegant and delicious!
It’s okay, you are on the right blog. Occasionally I eat salad. Not often. But occasionally. And when I do it’s simple, elegant and delicious. That’s how this gal rolls.
Of course I ate this with steak, potatoes and dessert. That’s also how I roll.
We call this a side dish in our household. I consider salad a starter, side dish or light snack. Rarely would I consider this a meal. Sorry rabbit people, I would be one unhappy gal if this is all I ate at a meal. And a cranky Kim is not something anyone wants. Trust me.
So this recipe calls for shaved asparagus. You are now picturing asparagus as legs and someone is shaving them with shaving cream and a razor, aren’t you? It’s okay, it’s hard not to.
If you are going to shave asparagus, hold the shaving cream and the razor, and use a peeler instead. It’s super easy to get nice long strips when you use a peeler. That way you get the strips super thin. I shaved mine in smaller strips so they played nicely with the carrots and almonds. I didn’t want any of the vegetables getting asparagus envy. Fragile egos and all that jazz.
So make this today, drizzle some great lemon dressing over top, and then eat a steak. This is a public service announcement from a non-rabbity kind of gal. Steak and potatoes rock my world. With a side of salad.
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- 1 package of arugula
- 3 baby carrots, shaved thinly with a peeler
- 1 bunch of asparagus, shaved thinly with a peeler
- ¼ cup of slivered almonds, more or less to taste
- Rinse and dry the arugula. Place in a large bowl.
- Rinse and dry the carrots. Peel the outside of the baby carrots and discard. Then cut the end off at a 45 degree angle. Now you can shave thin round slices with a peeler. Toss the shaved carrots over the arugula in the bowl.
- Rinse and dry the asparagus. Now take the peeler and slowly shave pieces off, you should be turning the asparagus as you shave it. That way you shave it all as evenly as possible. Discard any woody ends of the asparagus. Toss the shaved asparagus over the arugula and carrots.
- Toss on slivered almonds. You could toast them if you desire. I was in a hurry so I did not bother.
- Gently toss the salad.
- If you have a favourite dressing you can use that. I like lemon with asparagus so I used [Meyer Lemon Dressing|].
- Serve with a big old this did not fill me up smile!
This is a simple salad. Perfect for lunch or dinner, serve with a great pasta or whatever floats your boat. We do Meatless Monday so recipes like this come in handy for those days. We’re carnivores but we do enjoy eating meatless once or twice a week. It’s good for your health and good for the world. You can check out my Meatless Monday Recipes if you like. I also have a Healthy Recipes section in my Recipe Index. We eat a really varied diet. Full of everything from salad to decadent desserts.
I love lemon with asparagus so I decided we needed two dressings on the table for this one. I know right, queen of overkill, can’t just have one dressing on the table. I buy a Meyer Lemon Oil from a local store. You can find similar ones on amazon. You can buy their Meyer Lemon Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Meyer Lemon. Or you can make your own Meyer Lemon Dressing, I use that one on salads and on potatoes. It’s delightful. Just a little FYI for you, if you make any of my Meyer Lemon Recipes you can totally substitute regular lemons. Meyers are just a big sweeter.
If you want to have some fun with vegetables you can buy a spiralizer. Jaden of Steamy Kitchen has a great comparison post about spiralizers. I just ordered the Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer. I also looked at the Brieftons Spiral Slicer: Stainless Steel Vegetable Spiralizer. Knowing me I’ll end up ordering the second one. A girl can never have enough Kitchen Gadgets in my opinion.
So go forth and make salad. Then if you’re still hungry like me you can chase it down with a steak. I have no idea why I eat like a dude. It’s a mystery to all of us. I think growing up with two brothers might be part of it. We were super competitive as kids so I always had to keep up with the boys. Unfortunately my metabolism is not what it used to be.
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Lightened Up Enchiladas, pictured above
More Healthy Recipes from my blogging buddies. Check these out:
Spinach and Steak Salad from Pass the Sushi, pictured above
Grilled Chicken Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing from Crumb, pictured above
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Hope you enjoy all these great salads. I know I’ll be trying all of my friend’s recipes soon.They look amazing.
Happy Thursday folks. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I’m going out for a much needed girlie day with mini-me. We’re hitting a movie and we’ll probably swing by Walmart and Target to putz around. So excited to get out of the house!
Toodles and smoochies! xx