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Shaved Asparagus and Carrot Salad

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A fun way to eat asparagus and carrots! Pasta-like or a unique salad, either way you look at it, this is a delicious new way to incorporate veggies in your meals!

On Monday evening, I sat in rush hour traffic for two hours. It took me two freaking hours to get home from work. The traffic in this area is insane. I feel like you don’t know traffic or the definition of it until you’ve driven in the DC/Northern Virginia area. Holy balls. I didn’t think I was getting home Monday night. And what’s worse (better?) is that there wasn’t an accident to warrant the traffic. It was just because of the area!!

I pretty much was over it by the time I got home and all I wanted to do was sit down and watch some Parenthood. We ended up eating a very kiddy dinner. We had chicken nuggets and tater tots. I mean, some nights just call for that, right? We’re on season 4 right now and man, I thought I was emotional with the other seasons. I think so far season 4 takes the cake. I’ve cried every episode BUT season 4, episode 11? Yeah, let’s just say you need to prepare a box of tissues. Omgggg I never thought Kristina could evoke these emotions out of me. So just take a moment and imagine me sitting in front of my tv eating chicken nuggets, tater tots, and crying. That was my Monday night. How was yours? Haha

A fun way to eat asparagus and carrots! Pasta-like or a unique salad, either way you look at it, this is a delicious new way to incorporate veggies in your meals!

This idea of a shaved asparagus and carrot salad came out of nowhere. I was racking my brain for something to make with the asparagus I had just picked up at Costco and I randomly asked Jason, “omg, what if I SHAVED the asparagus and tossed it in a light dressing?!” and he was like ‘sure, that sounds cool.” I did it and this is basically one of the coolest things ever. It’s kinda like using a spiralizer for zoodles but only with a vegetable peeler. It’s like a healthy spin on pasta or a fun way to eat salad. However you want to spin it. Either way, it’s a fun way to present asparagus and carrots!

A fun way to eat asparagus and carrots! Pasta-like or a unique salad, either way you look at it, this is a delicious new way to incorporate veggies in your meals!

 

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Shaved Asparagus and Carrot Salad
Prep Time
2 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
2 hr 35 mins
 

This is a delicious new way to incorporate veggies in your meals!

Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds asparagus, washed
  • 6 large carrots, washed
  • Your favorite light salad dressing
Instructions
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the asparagus (underneath the head) and carrots into long thin strips. Save the heads of asparagus as you can eat them with the salad, too.
  2. In a medium pot, bring water to a boil then turn off the heat. Blanch asparagus (including the heads) and carrots together for 2-3 minutes then remove and shock them in an ice bath or under cold water.
  3. Pat dry the asparagus and carrots and place in a bowl. Toss with your favorite salad dressing and cover the bowl and place in the fridge for 2 hours.
  4. Prior to serving, toss salad again and add sliced almonds on top.

 

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Posted on March 25, 2015

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  1. 03/25/2015 at 8:21 am

    Traffic in LA is like that everyday for the same reason- so sucky! But hey, this salad – so fresh and so good!

  2. 03/25/2015 at 8:49 am

    Julie, this is one creative salad! I’m glad you thought of shaving the asparagus. Genius. And, yes…some nights are meant for the comfort food of our childhoods. ;) Thanks for sharing!

  3. 03/25/2015 at 8:54 am

    Now that’s a nice spring salad!

  4. 03/25/2015 at 9:21 am

    Sorry about that traffic….ick!!! Love this veggie recipe :)

  5. Lauren M
    03/25/2015 at 9:48 am

    That episode got me, too. I cried more in Season 4 than any other!

  6. 03/25/2015 at 12:46 pm

    Seattle is pretty freaking bad too. Bad enough to warrant a tater tot binge for sure! the salad is really pretty!

  7. 03/25/2015 at 3:17 pm

    This salad is so pretty!

  8. 03/25/2015 at 8:13 pm

    I told you that episode would be the worst. Such a good show though. SO good and so emotional. And this salad… such a fun twist!! Love the colors too. :)

  9. 03/25/2015 at 8:43 pm

    I haven’t made it to season 4 yet, and the whole show is just so stupid wonderful, but every episode is like.awkward, awkward, awkward…and now I’m crying.

  10. 03/25/2015 at 8:57 pm

    I moved to Tampa, Florida from DC two years ago and every time I hear people complain about traffic here, I can’t help but laugh. You truly haven’t experienced traffic until it takes you 45 minutes to go a block down I Street.

    • Julie
      03/26/2015 at 7:42 am

      So true!!!

  11. 03/26/2015 at 6:19 am

    Gosh. Two of my favorite vegetables right there. I need to try this. The colors alone are enough to attract attention!

  12. 03/26/2015 at 9:46 am

    How pretty and it sounds delicious!

  13. 03/26/2015 at 2:42 pm

    It looks so fresh & colourful & light …….. loved it …

  14. 03/26/2015 at 5:41 pm

    simplistic and beautiful!

  15. 03/26/2015 at 9:42 pm

    This salad!!! Want!

  16. Betty
    03/27/2015 at 2:08 am

    Looks delicious! This remind me of my aunts salad with shaved celery and carrots, Lotus Roots, onion, shrimp, pork, and Vietnamese coriander mixed with a homemade vinaigrette. It’s the best.

  17. 03/29/2015 at 8:15 pm

    Two hours? I would dieeee!!! This salad looks so fresh for spring!

  18. suzanne b
    08/20/2015 at 2:36 am

    Very inventive and cool! Love the font use in recipe title……..gang u share the name? Thanks!

    • Julie
      08/20/2015 at 7:51 am

      It’s called Syncopate

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