The Best Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

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This is the asparagus recipe you’ve been waiting for. It’s bright, fresh, full of texture, and completely unexpected. You need to bring this Best Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lime Vinaigrette to your next picnic or family gathering!

If you’re looking for some other asparagus recipes, consider this Easy Cold Asparagus Orzo Salad with Lemon-Parmesan Vinaigrette or this Quick Air Fryer Salmon and Asparagus with Lemon Brown Butter.

A white serving plate with shaved asparagus salad and burrata next to bright pink napkin, halves of lime, and pistachios scattered about.

I get so excited for asparagus season every year. Like genuinely excited.

It’s actually such a versatile vegetable. There are so many ways to prepare it, yet I find that so many people tend to keep cooking it the same ways. Now don’t get me wrong, if you love the way you make your asparagus, that is wonderful and you should keep doing you.

But, even so, I’m making it my personal mission to open your eyes to some new ways to enjoy the asparagus that Spring gifts us every year.

First up: one of my favorite ways, a shaved asparagus salad.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • NO COOKING INVOLVED – That’s right – this is a raw salad and requires no cooking – so it’s quick. It’s so fresh and bright and takes advantage of the great flavor of the season’s first asparagus.
  • SO MANY TEXTURES – The crispness of the asparagus, the crunch of the pistachios, the silkiness of the vinaigrette and the creaminess of the burrata — the one really has it all!
  • LESS THAN 10 INGREDIENTS – Considering that there are only 9 ingredients which include making the vinaigrette, the salad, and the garnishes, this salad is a piece of cake.
  • A VINAIGRETTE THAT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF – The brightness of this lime vinaigrette really is just so delicious. It’s perfect in this dish, but will be delicious on all sorts of salads all summer long!

Recipe ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this incredible Shaved Asparagus Salad:

An overhead view of the ingredients required to make this shaved asparagus salad with lime vinaigrette.

Ingredient Notes

The ingredients to make this raw asparagus salad are easy to find and readily available at most any grocery store. If you’re able, I would highly recommend grabbing anything you can at your local farmer’s market for maximum flavor.

Here are a few ingredient notes:

Asparagus: The best type of asparagus to use for this are any of the thicker varieties. Thin, pencil asparagus, is virtually impossible to shave.

Burrata: This cheese is one of life’s guilty pleasures. A thin outer layer of fresh mozzarella that hold a mixture of cream and mozzarella shreds, provides a variety of textures and creaminess that are so pleasing and such a lovely complement to the crunchy raw asparagus. If, for some reason, you are unable to find it, I have outlined some substitutions below.

How to make The Best Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lime Vinaigrette: STEP BY STEP

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list in the recipe card below

Steps 1 & 2:

To start, remove the bottom woody portion of the asparagus spears. You can do this by bending the spears where they will snap at their natural breaking point. Alternatively, in the interest of time and weeknight cooking, you can bend one, let it snap, and then use it as a guide to trim the rest with a knife.

Next, with a vegetable peeler, shave each asparagus spear from top to bottom.

A cutting board and knife with a bunch of asparagus with the bottom woody portion cut off.
A cutting board and vegetable peeler  next to a bunch of asparagus and a pile of asparagus shavings.

Steps 3 & 4:

After shaving each spear, cut the remaining tip in half lengthwise.

Roughly chop the pistachios and mint and set aside.

A cutting board and vegetable peeler showing a pile of asparagus, a shaving from top to bottom, and an asparagus tip cut lengthwise in half.
A cutting board with a pile of chopped mint and a pile of chopped pistachios.

Steps 5 & 6:

Whisk all of the vinaigrette ingredients together until well combined.

Drizzle the vinaigrette over the asparagus and add the mint and pistachios. Gently toss everything together until well coated. Transfer to a serving dish and add ball of burrata to the center and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chili flakes.

A clear bowl and whisk containing the vinaigrette.
A cutting board with piles of mint and pistachios, a bowl with the vinaigrette, and a large bowl of shaved asparagus spears.

Chef Notes & Tips

  • Using the correct asparagus is key for this recipe. You don’t need to remember varieties or anything like that – you just need to focus on the size and use asparagus that medium to thick. The thicker the spear, the better!
  • To shave the asparagus, you need to use a nice and sharp vegetable peeler in order to get nice long strands. I, personally, have a handful of different vegetable peelers, but the one I go back to over and over is this one – it’s simple, inexpensive, fits well in my hand, and is always sharp.
  • If you’re transporting this salad, you’ll want to wait to dress the salad until close to serving time for the best texture. Just bring all the parts separately, and assemble before eating.
An antique plate with shaved asparagus salad and burrata on a hot pink napkin.

Storage & Reheating

STORAGE: Store this salad in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Please note that as time goes on, the asparagus will get progressively softer, losing its fresh crunch. It will still be delicious, but the texture will change over time.

FREEZING: I would definitely not recommend freezing this salad. When thawed, it would be a soupy mess and also have a very mushy texture.

Additions & Substitutions

ADDITIONS

Fresh greens: You could consider adding a few fresh greens to the salad if you would like, though I would limit what you add, as you definitely want the asparagus to be the star of the dish!

SUBSTITUTIONS

Burrata: Honestly, there are so many different directions you could go here. First, you could omit the cheese altogether, if you’re looking to avoid dairy. Otherwise, you could consider fresh mozzarella, which would be closest in texture to the burrata, although definitely not the same. Or, you could consider harder cheeses like shaved parmesan, shaved Pecorino Romano, or ricotta salata. These would all be delicious options.

Pistachios: Although I am partial to pistachios, you can easily substitute another nut in this recipe – in particular almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts would work particularly well.

FAQs

Yes, absolutely! Asparagus has a crisp, green and slightly sweet texture and flavor.

This salad is meant to be dressed not more than 15 minutes before you’re going to eat. This allows for the best texture of the salad. If you are transporting it, just bring the vinaigrette and burrata separately, and assemble it on premises.

No, you certainly don’t. You can omit the dairy altogether, if you prefer. This shaved asparagus salad is delicious on its own – I just like the creamy element that the burrata brings to the finished dish.

An antique scalloped plate with shaved asparagus salad next to a yellow napkin and fork.

I hope you love THE BEST SHAVED ASPARAGUS SALAD WITH LIME VINAIGRETTE! If you make it, be sure to leave a rating so I know how you liked it!

An antique plate with shaved asparagus salad with burrata next to a fork and yellow napkin.

The Best Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

This is the asparagus recipe you've been waiting for. It's bright, fresh, full of texture, and completely unexpected. You need to bring this Best Shaved Asparagus Salad with Lime Vinaigrette to your next picnic or family gathering!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 209 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bunch asparagus (spears should be thick)
  • 2 limes (zest and juice)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (plus more for drizzling)
  • 1 shallot (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup mint (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup pistachios (roughly chopped)
  • 1 Burrata
  • 1 pinch chili flakes

Instructions
 

  • First remove the bottom woody portion of the asparagus spears. You can do this by bending the spears where they will snap at their natural breaking point. Alternatively, in the interest of time and weeknight cooking, you can bend one, let it snap, and then use it as a guide to trim the rest with a knife.
  • Next, using a vegetable peeler, shave each spear from top to bottom, leaving the tip intact.  Then, cut off the tip and cut it in half, lengthwise.  Add all of the shaved asparagus and asparagus tips to a large bowl and set aside.
  • Roughly chop the mint and pistachios and set them aside.  Finely chop the shallot and set aside.
  • To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the lime juice and zest, olive oil, shallot, honey, salt and pepper.
  • Add the vinaigrette to the asparagus and gently toss to combine.  Add the mint and pistachios and toss again.
  • Transfer the salad to a serving dish and add the burrata on top, cutting it open on top into quarters.  Drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle with chili flakes.

Notes

  • Be sure to use asparagus with thick spears.
  • Be sure to use a sharp vegetable peeler.
  • Dress the salad right before you are going to serve it.

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0.2mgSodium: 296mgPotassium: 387mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1069IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 3mg
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