Simply Shredded Asparagus Salad
Shred up some asparagus to get shredded for summer!
Now that we are a couple weeks into spring, it’s pretty obvious by now that the produce is plentiful this time of year! Check out my prior springtime recipes to discover the freshest produce out there at this very moment:
- (Fruit de la Creme)
- (Cherry Pancake)
- (Over-stuff’d Avocado)
As you can see, my prior two recipes featured the cherry and then the avocado. I’m rounding out this springtime trio with a kick of asparagus before I move on to a different topic, featured here on M&F Hers! You might be thinking that asparagus is pretty boring, huh? And it really makes my…well, we don’t have to go there. However, this is not your ordinary asparagus…no way! (I wouldn’t do that to you). I’ve shredded it up as you get yourself shredded up for your springtime get-aways! BUT, before we shred away, let me tell you a little bit about the asparagus (the plural is also asparagus…just saying).
I know you’re still caught up on what I was going to say in the prior paragraph. Ok, I’ll spill the beans. The reason that asparagus makes urine smell (yours doesn’t? well then you’re amongst the lucky that don’t have the gene to break down the chemicals inside the asparagus into their smelly components) is a result of the digestive track breaking down 2 compounds found in asparagus in order to metabolize them: Methyl mercaptan and asparagine. Not everyone has this post-asparagus-odor-issue, but if you do...you would just know. Also, did you know that an asparagus spear can grow 10’’ in a 24 hour period under ideal conditions…hhhwwhaaat?!! I know I can’t grow that fast – that’s pretty darn impressive. OK, fun facts are over let’s be serious. Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables in existence. It is the leading supplier among veggies of folic acid. A 5.3 ounce serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease. It is a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin.
Now that I’ve given you the scoop, let’s get shredded my friends! That’s right; we’re Slim Pickinizing the asparagus today and jazzing it up! Get shredded as you shred your asparagus and let’s get to cooking! It's all here for you and ready to go. Each Alli’s Slim Pickins recipe provides detailed ingredients, nutritional information, and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare each mouth-watering meal! Come on my shredders, let's make it happen...
Simply Shredded Asparagus Salad
3/4 lb asparagus, (the thicker the better)
1/4 red pepper, finely chopped
1 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 TB + 1 tsp olive oil
2 TB balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp each: onion powder, sea salt (more or less, to taste), ground black pepper (more or less, to taste)
2 TB reduced-fat, grated parmesan cheese
How to Prepare
1. Using a sharp vegetable peeler, shave the asparagus into paper-thin slices into a large mixing bowl. Hold the tough ends/stems and shave towards the spear. Throw out the tough end once stalk is shaved down.
2. Add all remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Enjoy!
Serving Suggestions: As a smaller side dish, accompanying a nice juicy piece of salmon.
As a large main course, topped with tender slices of grilled chicken or fish.
Per side dish serving (serves 4): 69 calories, 1.4 grams protein, 5.2 grams carbohydrates, 4.8 grams fat
Per main course serving (serves 2): 138 calories, 2.7 grams protein, 10.3 grams carbohydrates, 9.5 grams fat
Editor’s Note: If you have any specific requests or would like to share your feedback on the above recipes, please e-mail Allison Frahn at AliFrahn@yahoo.com.