Recipe: Lemony Asparagus Salad

Asparagus Salad Recipe

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In this recipe simple ingredients provide serious nutrition.

Rich in folate, asparagus protects against a variety of cancers and decreases the risk of birth defects in pregnant women.

This vegetable also helps lower your risk of depression by blocking excess homocysteine formation which interferes with feel-good hormones.

It also provides 70% of the daily recommended vitamin K intake in just one cup. Vitamin K improves bone health, greatly preventing fracture.

This simple recipe is so fresh and filling, you will find yourself trying out flavorful variations time and time again.

Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Serves 6

Ingredients

1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1 pound asparagus
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

1. In a large bowl, whisk together shallots, lemon juice, mustard and honey.

2. Trim root ends of asparagus and discard. Cut tips off the spears and add to the bowl with shallot mixture.

3. With a vegetable peeler, shave asparagus spears into thin ribbons, adding to shallot mixture as you go.

4. Add mint and parsley, and toss salad until combined.

Optional: Add bread crumbs or goat cheese for more complex texture.

Strengthen your body and mind with this quick refreshing recipe!


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