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.
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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.

Sold.

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. You can also use these parmesan crisps instead of shavings which add a nice crunchy texture to the salad while keeping the same flavor.

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?

Prefer your asparagus cooked?

This easy Instant Pot asparagus recipe and my asparagus and bacon fried couscous recipe are two of my favorites to make.

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.

I also love this lemon salad made with zucchini ribbons instead of asparagus. It’s bright and spring-like just like this recipe.

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Lemony Shaved Asparagus Tomato Salad

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 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.
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.

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place the shaved asparagus and asparagus tops in a large bowl with the roasted tomatoes and chopped basil.
  • Whisk together the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour the dressing into the bowl and gently toss to combine.
  • Plate the salad and top with a few shavings of parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 9gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 541mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
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  1. I’m ready to welcome spring too! So done with all the snow! Ready to face-plant in this salad!

  2. 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!