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Chef John's Shaved Asparagus Salad

Chef John

"When you shave asparagus thin with a peeler and give it a quick curing/pickling in the mustard dressing, the harsh attributes mellow out substantially, and the sweet, grassy flavor comes through. In fact, it was so delicious that I contemplated serving it without the fried meat. Happily, that passed."
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Ingredients

20 m servings 169 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  1. Whisk vinegar and mustard together in a mixing bowl. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking rapidly until the dressing is thick and creamy.
  2. Hold an asparagus stalk at the stem, tip pointing away from you, on a work surface. Shave ribbons of asparagus off of the stalk with a vegetable peeler, moving the peeler from the stem-end to the tip. Repeat with remaining asparagus. Transfer asparagus strips to a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper over asparagus; drizzle dressing over the top and toss to coat. Let sit until asparagus wilts slightly, 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir pastrami in hot oil until almost crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Divide asparagus salad between four plates and top with pastrami.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 169 calories; 13 g fat; 5.6 g carbohydrates; 8.8 g protein; 19 mg cholesterol; 383 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Wow! I was not sure about this dish at first but after watching the video I thought I would give it a try. I am really glad I did. Hubby loved it, told me don't lose this recipe. I would never ...

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I made this salad according to the recipe. It's pretty simple to prepare and it turned out as promised. However, I discovered that I don't really care for raw asparagus even when it is softened ...

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Wow! I was not sure about this dish at first but after watching the video I thought I would give it a try. I am really glad I did. Hubby loved it, told me don't lose this recipe. I would never ...

I made the recipe exactly according to the directions and the video. It came out perfectly. I had never eaten asparagus raw before. The dressing tenderizes the asparagus just right. My husba...

I loved it. Being a vegan, I did have to change the meat. Instead of the pastrami I used the bacon chips (a teaspoon or two, just to flavor the dressing is all I needed)you buy in the salad topp...

Delicious even without the pastrami

Wow...Quite elegant: DELICIOUS, and VERY easy. I didn't have pastrami so I cooked sliced proscutto instead and it was awesome. The contrast of the crispy fried meat with the fresh raw vegetabl...

Don't be hesitant to try this out. My husband hates undercooked veggies so I knew I was venturing out there when I set this on the dinner table. He and our guest loved it, as did I. I followed ...

Delicious! Did not have pastrami so I used bacon bits instead. Will definitely make agaim.

Really good. Good with thicker asparagus fir shaving

This was SO GOOD! I wasn't sure of what to expect from a pickled cold asparagus salad, but it was fantastic and I am definitely going to be making often. My husband loved it and went back for ...