Spring is here, and the fresh, beautiful stalks of asparagus are in season. Asparagus is a great source of vitamin C and folate. This shaved asparagus salad is fresh and super easy to prepare. I briefly steamed the asparagus prior to shaving it into thin slices with a vegetable peeler. You are welcome to shave it raw, but a little heat increases the nutrient benefits.
Trim the spears by snapping one and cutting the rest to match the broken spear. This way they’ll all be the same length. The easiest way to steam the asparagus is a quick trip in the microwave. You can also blanch it by plunging the asparagus briefly into a pot of boiling water, then quickly transferring into an ice bath to stop the cooking. Whether you blanch or steam, the spears should still be firm and green. Toss the asparagus shavings with your favorite greens, a zesty vinaigrette and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.