Never had raw asparagus? This recipe lets you experience its grassy sweetness in its purest form, using the roasted lemon vinaigrette as a type of ceviche to soften the shaved stalks. Roasting the lemons turns their acidic qualities gentler, their sweetness further brought out by the thyme. Pan-roasted corn and spring onions mingle with bright peas to capture spring in every bite. —Liz Moody
Shaved Asparagus Salad
green onions, tips and ends removed and cut in half
ears of corn (can sub 1 cup frozen corn), kernels cut off
olive oil, ghee, or coconut oil for cooking
Roasted Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette
lemons (preferably organic, as you'll be zesting them)
honey (can sub maple syrup or coconut syrup if vegan)
olive oil + more to drizzle
5 - 6 sprigs
fresh thyme, destemmed and roughly chopped
Zest 2 lemons, then cut them in half and place them cut side down in a small baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and place in oven for 40 minutes.
In a mason jar or small bowl, combine the minced garlic, salt, thyme, honey, and the juice of the 1 remaining lemon. Shake or mix well to combine.
Wash your asparagus, then using a normal vegetable peeler, shave them by placing them on a large cutting board, the woody end facing away from you (don't cut it off before shaving, as you'll use it as a handle). In one long stroke, shave ribbons off the asparagus (it's okay if these vary in size). Transfer to a medium bowl and mix in a generous shake of salt.
In a medium pot, boil a few cups of water, then add frozen peas. Boil for 4 - 5 minutes, or until bright green, then transfer immediately to an ice water bath. Drain well, then add to the shaved asparagus.
Drizzle a saucepan with cooking oil of choice, using just enough to lightly coat the bottom of the entire pan. Heat the oil on medium high for 3 - 4 minutes, or until very hot, then add corn kernels and spring onions. Cook for until very dark brown and "roasted" looking, about 10 minutes. Let cool for a moment, then toss with asparagus and pea mixture.
Remove lemons from the oven and use a spoon to remove seeds. Pour the juice from the baking pan into dressing mixture, then squeeze out additional roasted lemon insides. Shake or mix well, then add olive oil and shake or mix again. Toss with salad until well coated. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving, garnishing with fresh ground black pepper if desired.