Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
8 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Creamy goat cheese crowns a refreshingly bracing salad. Because the asparagus is shaved, it does not have to be cooked. Thick asparagus spears work best when it comes to making ribbons like these.

How to Make It

Step 1

Hold each asparagus spear by the tip end. Shave asparagus into ribbons with a vegetable peeler to measure 3 cups. Reserve asparagus tips for another use. Combine asparagus and tomatoes in a medium bowl.

Step 2

Combine chives and next 6 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt), stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over the asparagus mixture, tossing gently to coat. Top with goat cheese.

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Ratings & Reviews

A go-to

May 29, 2016
I've made this multiple times and have never had the bitterness problem.  Maybe I've gotten lucky with the asparagus I bought.  (I'll be sure to taste the first ribbons before continuing!) It looks pretty, is quick to make and tastes terrific. 

kristen12345's Review

March 24, 2013

lnlester3's Review

March 19, 2012
I didn't have a peeler in order to do the asparagus in ribbons, per the recipe instructions, so I just blanched the asparagus for a couple minutes. After the ice bath, I cut each asparagus into about 3/4" pieces and it worked out just fine. I therefore didn't have the bitterness problem.

Katmanduu's Review

February 10, 2011
I was excited to try this dish but found that the ribbons lost integrity quickly and when dressed became slimy. Too much of a pain to do again. The flavor was nice though.

emtay27's Review

July 04, 2010
I cut the asparagus into thin strips with a paring knife and then steamed then for one minute in the microwave, and then ran them under cold water before proceeding with the recipe. This was absolutely fantastic! We served it with the Cooking Light Grilled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce recipe and it was the perfect complement, very fresh and light alongside the spicy chicken. I'm thrilled to have a new go-to recipe for asparagus!

wrb423's Review

July 12, 2009
Wonderful! To make peeling the asparagus easy, you need a vegetable peeler with only ONE slot. My original peeler (from Publix) had TWO slots with a central metal piece--that design will not make ribbons! A mandolin, my initial backup plan, did not work either. I had no problems with bitterness whatsoever, though I would imagine if you had used a knife, the thickness of those slices could contribute to bitterness. Remember: PEELER MUST HAVE ONE SLOT!

annalisa09's Review

July 07, 2009
I have found a solution to the bitterness problem. After creating the ribbons with a vegetable peeler I mixed them with a generous amount of lemon juice and olive oil (to preserve color) and then laid them in a colander over a boiling pot of water and steamed them for somewhere between 5-10 mins..tasting them until they lost their bitterness. They are less crisp than the original recipe but the flavor is much improved by a quick steaming.

Queenbuttercup's Review

June 10, 2009
Worst recipe I have ever tried! Asparagus were completely bitter, tough etc. I ended up throwing the entire dish away after all that work of peeling the asparagus. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. Try broiling your asparagus in the over with some kosher salt and a drizzle of good balsamic vinegar! The only good part of this recipe was the dressing.