Lemony Shaved Asparagus Tomato Salad

This asparagus tomato salad is bursting with bright lemon flavor. Topped with sharp parmesan and fresh basil it’s the perfect way to ring in the spring season.

*This Lemony Shaved Asparagus Tomato Salad was originally published on 3/12/2012. The recipe and photographs have been updated, all the content below remains original. This is a great salad to welcome in the spring season. The roasted tomatoes bring a touch of sweetness while the lemon flavor keeps things bright and light. A touch of sharp parmesan on top pairs beautifully with the delicate asparagus shavings. Now, if it’d stop snowing here in NY maybe I could actually get excited for all things spring this year! 

This asparagus tomato salad is bursting with bright lemon flavor. Topped with sharp parmesan and fresh basil it's the perfect way to ring in the spring season.

It’s Sunday afternoon, we’re wandering through a new local grocery store and standing smack in the middle of the meat section mesmerized by the fact that they actually have decent cuts of meat to choose from and *gasp* grass fed, organic options!

I try to convince Ulysses we need a $32 organic T-bone steak the size of my head before we both get completely overwhelmed, grab a more moderately priced skirt steak instead and walk away.

Two minutes later, Ulysses says “man, I could really go for some Five Guys now. I kinda want a burger after seeing all that meat.”

Roasted tomatoes add a little touch of sweetness to this lemony asparagus salad.
All the flavors of spring come together in this lemon filled asparagus tomato salad.

It’s 2pm, I’m starving.


This is what happens after you house a cheeseburger, free peanuts, half an order of large fries and sips of your husband’s Mr. Pibb.

Thinly shaved asparagus makes a delicious spring salad when combined with roasted tomatoes, basil and lots of bright lemon!

A lemon filled asparagus tomato salad or, how to get rid of your guilt trip. It goes by either name.

If you’ve never tried asparagus raw, I highly suggest you jump on that train now because there’s a pretty short window when it’s fresh and crisp enough to do that.

With lemon, olive oil and some shaved parmesan, it’s the definition of a refreshing spring dish.

Try this shaved asparagus and blood orange salad too, another great option for enjoying asparagus raw and make sure to check out my Guide to Asparagus for all the details on this awesome spring veg!

Celebrate the arrival of spring with this lemony asparagus tomato salad topped with fresh basil and parmesan shavings.

Between this and a 4 mile walk (with hills!), I’m choosing to pretend like Five Guys never happened.

Cheeseburger, what?

Love this lemony shaved asparagus tomato salad recipe?

Try these other salads: Pickled Fennel Citrus SaladRoasted Cranberry Broccoli Salad, and Yogurt Tahini Mediterranean Carrot Salad.

This asparagus tomato salad is bursting with bright lemon flavor. Topped with sharp parmesan and fresh basil it's the perfect way to ring in the spring season.

Lemony Shaved Asparagus Tomato Salad

Yield: 2-4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This asparagus tomato salad is bursting with bright lemon flavor. Topped with sharp parmesan and fresh basil it’s the perfect way to ring in the spring season.


  • 1 large bunch of asparagus, woody ends trimmed off
  • 8 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • parmesan cheese, shaved using a vegetable peeler for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place tomatoes on a baking sheet and toss with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Roast for about 10 minutes, shaking the pan a couple of times until tomatoes are just starting to burst.
  3. Meanwhile, trim the tops of the asparagus spears and set aside. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the remaining part of the spears to get thin shavings of asparagus.
  4. Place the shaved asparagus and asparagus tops in a large bowl with the roasted tomatoes and chopped basil.
  5. Whisk together the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Pour the dressing into the bowl and gently toss to combine.
  7. Plate the salad and top with a few shavings of parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 541mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 9g

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  1. Julie @ Table for Two

    it’s hard to resist a juicy, greasy burger from five guys when it’s 2pm and starving — i would’ve done the exact same thing. at least you made it up with this delicious looking salad. i love the lemon in it and again with the asparagus!! one of my fav veggies!! :)

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I’ve heard that too. No idea about it’s validity but I like it. Their fries definitely made it worth it :)

  2. Margarita

    Sometimes I get so tempted to buy those nice meats… grass fed, organic… but it is so sad that they are too expensive. I was at Fred Meyer last Friday though and Private Selection has organic chicken for really, really cheap. Check it out!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      and here’s something else you probably didn’t know…for some reason when it’s raw it doesn’t make your pee smell! unless it’s just me, but no smell and I’ve eaten it 2 nights in a row now. Bizarre, huh?

  3. Anna @ On Anna's Plate

    Mmmmm…looks perfect for spring. We have a Five Guys here, but still haven’t eaten there. I keep saying that we need to go over there while I’m still pregnant so I won’t have to feel guilty about the meal, haha. :-)

  4. Kat

    asparagus has to be one of my all-time favorite veggies. We actually just bought some on Sunday and I think I’m going to make fritters with it.

  5. Deanna

    I’ve only ever had 5 Guys fries, but they were so good. In a perfect world I’d have a Shake Shack nearby, but until that happens I occasionally (and I can’t believe I’m admitting this) go to 5 Guys and pick up fries then go to In N Out for the burger. Its the closest I can get to Shake Shack without going to NYC.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      So I’ve lived in NY almost all my life and have never had Shake Shack! I’ve walked past it numerous times but the line is always insane. I guess it’s worth it, huh?

  6. Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf

    Yummy yummy yummy!!! Asparagus is probably one of my favorite vegetables of all time. Pairing it with tomatoes and the freshness of lemon only takes it to the next level. What a great summer time – or any time – dish! Thx for sharing Gina!

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