Shaved Asparagus and Radish Salad

Shaved Asparagus and Radish Salad

An easy salad to put together, this is a celebration of the first asparagus of the season, which is sweet enough to eat raw. Omit the anchovy in the dressing if you wish, but it’s there to provide a boost of flavor, not to taste fishy. Any type of radish will work but, for a really vibrant salad, look for the many colorful varieties of daikon radish available at many farmers’ markets.
  • Total:
  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and anchovy. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.
  2. Step 2

    Snap off and discard the tough end of each asparagus spear. Using a sharp knife, slice asparagus lengthwise into ribbons. For skinny asparagus, just halve lengthwise.
  3. Step 3

    Place sliced asparagus in a large salad bowl. Toss with salt and pepper, then add the dressing and toss to coat.
  4. Step 4

    For each serving, place a handful of dressed asparagus on a plate. Surround with slices of colorful radish, and tuck a few more slices among the asparagus ribbons. Sprinkle radishes lightly with salt.