It’s been crazy hot here and made worse by that fact that I’m super pregnant and nearly immobile from being gi-normous. With that, I decided a hearty spring salad was an order. Something fresh, flavorful and full of bright colors. I know, this is a total hodge podge, but my salads usually are. In fact, they are usually born from a refrigerator clean out.
These clean outs are a total hit or miss with my family. And this was a miss, by a long shot. Thankfully, Matt made the entree for last night’s dinner—for the win. Wah. I even threw in honey tangerines, a favorite for the little guy and he still passed on my spring salad.
Well at least I have left overs for lunch today.
Shaved Asparagus Salad
Yield: 4 servings
- 8 large asparagus stalks, shaved
- 2 large carrots, shaved
- 1 1/2 cup brown rice (or quinoa or any grain of your choice)
- 1 bunch broccolini, trimmed and blanched
- 2 honey tangerine, peeled and sliced
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice.
- 2-3 radishes, sliced
- 7-8 purple cabbage florets, grated
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and drizzle lemon juice on top and toss to coat. Serve with a champagne vinaigrette or your preferred dressing.
- To blanch broccolini : Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add broccolini and cook 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop it from cooking.
I am almost more envious of your weather right now than you getting to eat this beautiful salad! It is freezing in the southern hemisphere but this salad will definitely be on the summer menu soon.
Beautiful salad, Naomi! I love the additon of oranges in it!
Robyn @ simply fresh dinners says
What a great combination of ingredients! Don’t you love it when fabulous dishes come together from leftovers in the fridge? Nothing better.
As always, your photography, with it’s vibrant colours, is stunning.
Salad clean out is the best way to go!
Tieghan Gerard says
So, so, so pretty and clean out salads are the best!
Heather Christo says
I think that salad is beautiful! I love the easter radishes and purple cauliflower!
molly yeh says
bahahahaha i love birthing salads from a refrigerator clean out!! this one’s a pretty one!!!
Sini | my blue&white kitchen says
This is such a beautiful salad! You have captured its beauty so well in these pictures. Hope you’ll have a great weekend!
Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg says
This is so pretty. I would love a clean out salad like this one.
Sophia @ NY Foodgasm says
Stop being so damn good! LOL! This is sooooo beautiful, I cannot stop looking at it! Absolutely GORGEOUS and healthy! So on this!
Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says
This salad is stunning Naomi! Just love it. Purple cauliflower might be one of my fave veggies ever. Purely from a aesthetic standpoint 🙂
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Stunning, I love the vivid colors!
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
Holy gorgeous! I’ve never shaved my asparagus but I guess I need to start if my salads will look like this! pinned
Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron says
I need to get my hands on one of those purple cauliflowers…so gorgeous!
Maria @ Box of Stolen Socks says
Such a beautiful salad! I have to do a fridge clean up soon but I am scared of what I am going to find in there 🙂
Kate @ Diethood says
Poor mother nature – she’s so confused. It’s literally freezing out here. Our heater is back on. Whatevs. Gimme me that gorgeous salad, puhlease!
Mary Frances says
I love the colors in this salad! Gorgeous.
Leah Davis says
This is absolutely stunning!! Gorgeous photos!!
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
Loving this rainbow salad! It looks awesome!
Such a gorgeous salad, almost to pretty to eat!
I love eating pretty. This salad looks so tasty!
Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me says
What a great raw uber healthy salad. I have been throwing asparagus at every meal since the farmers market is loaded with fresh spears.
Beautiful colors in that salad! Healthy, pretty and tasty–couldn’t ask for more.
Henry Watson's Potteries says
Our kind of recipe – all in one and so fresh and tasty! Love it 🙂
Rebecca - FoodFlav says
That Salad looks incredible! With purple cabbage florets in it…oh heaven!