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!


    Shaved Asparagus and Carrot Salad

    This is a delicious new way to incorporate veggies in your meals!
    Prep Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
    Cook Time: 5 mins
    Total Time: 2 hrs 35 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
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    • 2 pounds asparagus, washed
    • 6 large carrots, washed
    • Your favorite light salad dressing


    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Prior to serving, toss salad again and add sliced almonds on top.


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  • Naomi says:

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

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    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!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Now that’s a nice spring salad!

  • marla says:

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

  • Lauren M says:

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

  • Heather Christo says:

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

  • Gaby says:

    This salad is so pretty!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    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. :)

  • Chrissy says:

    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.

  • Lindsey says:

    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 says:

      So true!!!

  • Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says:

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

  • Maria says:

    How pretty and it sounds delicious!

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

  • Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel says:

    simplistic and beautiful!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    This salad!!! Want!

  • Betty says:

    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.

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

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

  • suzanne b says:

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

    • Julie says:

      It’s called Syncopate

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