Heya! I know it’s been a little while, but today I’m excited to check in and give spring a big warm welcome with some shaved asparagus soba noodles that I recently made for Produce Made Simple. If you haven’t checked them out, Produce Made Simple is a wonderful resource for getting to know Ontario produce (even if you don’t live in Ontario). They share a wealth of goodies including recipes and tips on how to select, store, and prep all of our seasonal bounty.
Spring here is a magical time for asparagus. The tender spears are crisp, sweet and super delicious, not only grilled or roasted, but raw as well. Raw asparagus is fairly mild, a little green-tasting, and is great when shaved thin and paired with a tangy sweet dressing. Shaving asparagus is easily done with a vegetable peeler. Trim the tough ends, as you normally would when preparing asparagus, then starting at the base, shave each spear as if you are peeling it repeatedly. It takes a few tries to get used to it, and you may have some left-over ends to crunch on, but it’s a really fun way to serve asparagus. You can always slice the spears thinly, if you prefer, instead.
Head on over to Produce Made Simple for the super simple recipe. This salad is best served at room temperature and leftovers can be refrigerated overnight.