Shaved Asparagus & Sweet Corn Salad w/ Fresh Lemon Dressing

Asparagus & Sweet Corn Salad w- Fresh Lemon Dressing (1)
Spring, to me, has “officially” arrived when ………… asparagus can be found at the market for less than $2 per pound and fresh corn (though not local) is not only a great price but is sweet and tender with tiny, pale white and yellow kernels that seem to burst with flavor and freshness.

I found both recently on my weekly trip to Aldi and was both thrilled and inspired. I decided to shave the asparagus which is a delicious way to enjoy raw asparagus. Fresh corn adds a lovely crunch and does not need to be cooked when used in a salad like this, so it was fun and easy to put together.

Asparagus & Sweet Corn Salad w- Fresh Lemon Dressing

It does take a bit of time to shave the asparagus but this can be done ahead and kept, refrigerated, in a bowl of ice water for 6-8 hours, making this a perfect dish to make ahead for guests.

Asparagus & Sweet Corn Salad w- Fresh Lemon Dressing (4)

I added dried cranberries for a bit of delicious sweetness and thin ribbons of red onions for a burst of zesty flavor.

Asparagus & Sweet Corn Salad w- Fresh Lemon Dressing (2)

The dressing is super simple and compliments the wonderful veggies perfectly; a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a splash of oil and a dash of honey. It’s fresh. vibrant and, best of all, takes less than two minutes to put together! A scatter of cilantro leaves is the crowning glory, adding one more layer of flavor and makes a very pretty presentation,

Asparagus & Sweet Corn Salad w- Fresh Lemon Dressing (3)

I call this a salad, but honestly, it can take on a myriad of personalities. It would be wonderful mounded on top of grilled chicken or pork tenderloin, delicious as a crunchy topping for goat cheese-spread bruschetta and it makes a delicious tartine; just grill a slice of rustic bread with a bit of olive oil, pile it high with this flavorful veggie mixture and top with a bit of crumbled Feta – fantastic (I had this for lunch today – it was fabulous!)

Oh, and be sure to check back Monday for one more amazing way to use this salad; my Pesto & Prosciutto Pizza w/ Fresh Mozzarella & Shaved Asparagus Salad. You’re going to LOVE this one!

P.S. I use a vegetable peeler to shave my asparagus. Here is a great tutorial on this simple method.

Shaved Asparagus & Sweet Corn Salad w/ Fresh Lemon Dressing
One reader summed it up this way "I made this last night and it was so good I almost licked the plate clean". We did too. You will too!
Recipe type: Salads
  • Ingredients for the salad
  • 1 bunch asparagus, shaved into thin ribbons with a sharp vegetable peeler*
  • 3 cobs fresh corn, corn removed from husks**
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup (packed) fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ small red onion, very thinly sliced with a sharp knife
  • Ingredients for the dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons neutral flavored oil (ie canola or sunflower)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • sea salt, a pinch
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. For the dressing, combine oil, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl, mix well with a fork or small whisk.
  2. Combine shaved asparagus and thinly sliced red onion in a medium size bowl filled with ice water. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes or up to 8 hours (refrigerated). When ready to serve, drain well and spread out on a clean kitchen towel to dry.
  3. Combine asparagus/onion mixture with corn and dried cranberries and cilantro leaves. Add dressing to coat and toss well to combine.
  4. Salad can be made 2-3 hours ahead or served immediately. Since there's no lettuce involved to wilt, it's delicious the next day as the flavors will have melded. The asparagus won't be as curled (from the stint in ice water) and pretty, but it still looks fresh and tastes fabulous!
~ *Asparagus is easy to shave with a sharp vegetable peeler. If your peeler is old or dull, don't even try it. Here's a great tutorial with helpful tips on shaving asparagus.
~ ** You might be wondering if I forgot to tell you how to cook the corn. When corn is tender and fresh, it doesn't need any cooking when used in recipes like salads and salsas. It adds a delightful sweet crunch and is full of flavor.


  1. says

    Chris, this is a very unique salad – i’ve never had raw asparagus and corn salad before, i am intrigued! The addition of roast chicken sounds good, i am going to hunt for some nice asparagus this weekend to make this, thanks!

  2. says

    Chris, this looks like a wonderful recipe and makes use of the best fresh ingredients that are available at this time of year – a very creative idea to pair green asparagus and corn. The photography is amazing too – the colors are just wonderful.
    P.S.: I will have to add that the fact that you mentioned “ALDI” does make me smile…
    Have a lovely Friday!

  3. says

    This is a lovely salad Chris. Shaving the asparagus is a wonderful way to serve this while maintaining the crisp freshness of the vegetable. I can’t wait to read about the pizza. Nice recipe and photos.

  4. says

    Is that spring on a plate or what! It look amazing, Chris. Just so you know, I’m very jealous of the farmer’s market you have over there. I’ve been to it a couple of times and it’s amazing. Nothing like our flea market-esque cave here in W-S. I think I’d live at the place if I was closer.

  5. says

    What a gorgeous looking salad…sounds so refreshing with a lemon dressing. I love cilantro and with such distinct flavors I wouldn’t have thought to pair it with asparagus. I can’t wait to try this…thanks for sharing, Chris.

  6. says

    This dish just says spring! So pretty and colorful and the simple dressing sounds terrific! I love dried cranberries in a salad, they give it that little extra pop. Have a great weekend!

  7. says

    My mouth is watering! I’d definitely enjoy this one straight up, on toast and on your amazing pizza. Need to add asparagus to my grocery list!

  8. says

    I love shaved veggie salads! And asparagus is perfect when shaved – such great flavor, such a nice salad. You did a particularly terrific job with yours – looks so good, and I love the inclusion of the corn. Really nice – thanks.

  9. says

    Such a lovely spring salad! I have never shaved asparagus but what a great idea to incorporate it into salads by using a veggie peeler, can’t wait to try it.

  10. Anonymous says

    I made this last night and almost licked the plate. Added chicken and used dried apricots rather than dried cherries. I pinned this on Pinterest and added this note – It’s in your genes whether or not you think cilantro tastes like soap (I don’t) so you might leave that out and only have it in a bowl on the side as a garnish for those who like.

    • says

      Your salad sounds wonderful!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to leavve a comment, I always love that! Good idea about the cilantro too! :)

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