shaved asparagus salad

Asparagus is pretty much the first thing that comes out of the garden in our area of the country. It is so exciting to see those first few spears poke through the still chilly soil. About a week ago, I saw one little guy pop up and before I knew it, we had whole bunches asking to be taken into the kitchen. That’s why you’ll be seeing quite a few asparagus recipes coming your way over the next few weeks. The first one here is an awesome way to use up the thicker, woodier stems. Those aren’t so great for when you want to roast asparagus or grill it as a side dish. But by shaving those huskier spears, you get thin, delicate slices of asparagus flavor that work perfectly in a simple spring salad.

kohlrabi asparagus

The other superstar of this salad is my newest favorite veggie—kohlrabi. We got a head (a bulb? a bunch?) of kohlrabi in our CSA a few weeks ago, and it was love at first bite. You can use the greens just like beet greens or kale, and, after peeling, the bulb is this amazingly-flavored crunchy veggie that is perfect when eaten raw. It’s got the texture of a carrot, but the flavor is like a cross between an incredibly mild radish and a Brussels sprout. It sounds weird, but I promise, it’s amazing! I’m loving it sliced into sticks dipped in hummus. The bulb also sautés up beautifully, it gets sweet and tender. Yum! I’m a kohlrabi convert.

shaved asparagus salad

I think this salad is a fun change of pace when you’re getting sick of the run-of-the-mill lettuce salad.  It’s light, flavorful and would make a perfect side dish for a light dinner, or, you could toss on some protein and make it a light lunch. Yum!


Shaved Asparagus, Kohlrabi, and Carrot Salad

Shaved Asparagus, Kohlrabi, and Carrot Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This shaved asparagus, kohlrabi, and carrot salad is a fun change of pace when you're getting sick of the run-of-the-mill lettuce salad.  It's light, flavorful and would make a perfect side dish for a light dinner, or, you could toss on some protein and make it a light lunch.


  • 1 pound asparagus, woody ends trimmed
  • 1 bulb kohlrabi, greens removed and bulb peeled
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Lay a single spear of asparagus down flat on a cutting board. Using a sharp vegetable peeler, peel long, thins trips of asparagus from end to spear—discarding the remaining asparagus when it gets too thin to shave. Continue with all remaining spears.
  2. Cut the kohlrabi bulb into thick slices, and then shave with vegetable peeler using the same method as the asparagus. Repeat the same process with the carrot.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together the asparagus, kohlrabi, and carrot shavings. Set aside.
  4. In a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, add the olive oil, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Close the lid and shake until emulsified. Pour dressing over veggie shavings and toss to coat.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

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  1. What a cool salad! I’ve never tried kolhrabi–it sounds yummy. Bookmarking this recipe for when I find myself some kohlrabi!

  2. Kohlrabi! I’ve never heard of it, but am intrigued to try it now. I have been getting asparagus every week at the farmers market and was itching for a new way to eat it. Awesome recipe. It would pack well for a lunch too!

  3. I can’t believe it, but in Colorado, it’s. still. snowing. -_- So, I’ve been learning ways to make different kinds of soup, which are very inexpensive, and delicious. A favorite one at my house is Italian Vegetable Beef Soup.