Lemony Shaved Asparagus Salad with Farro, Arugula and Edamame

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  • Lemony Shaved Asparagus Salad with Farro, Arugula and Edamame
Posted on April 4, 2016

As if Monday’s weren’t already bad enough, I’ve got a meeting with an accountant this morning to go over my taxes.

Ugh. Taxes. I always wait until the last minute to do mine. Then I end up freaking out about it. I tell myself every year that next year I won’t put them off for so long. But alas, history has repeated itself once again. Because here I am. About 10 days out from submission day and I’m a sweaty, panicky mess.

Adulting isn’t really my strong suit.

Anyways. Let’s talk about something less anxiety inducing than our taxes. Like this Lemony Shaved Asparagus Salad with Farro, Arugula and Edamame.

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Because it’s Spring, I’m eating ALL THE GREEN THINGS. Especially asparagus. I’m putting it on toast. Mixing it in with salads. And adding it to cocktails.

Ha! Just kidding about the cocktail part. Although maybe asparagus would make a good Bloody Mary garnish. I’ll have to consider that.

This Lemony Shaved Asparagus Salad with Farro, Arugula and Edamame is super bright and refreshing. I kept the asparagus raw here. Which is not how I typically eat asparagus (I’m a big fan of roasting it at high heat to achieve those crispy little ends!). But it’s nice to let this vegetable shine on it’s own for a change. Especially since we’re in peak asparagus season right now.

I’ve added farro to this salad, because it has a great “chew factor” and helps to bulk things up a bit. But you could certainly substitute in the grain of your choice (couscous or quinoa would both work nicely). And you could use regular radishes instead of watermelon radishes. But the watermelon radishes are so gosh darn pretty, that I really think you should try and find them if you can.

What’s your favorite way to eat asparagus? And would you drink an asparagus cocktail? Or is that too weird? Tell me!



Lemony Shaved Asparagus Salad with Farro, Arugula and Edamame

Serves 2-4

Lemony Shaved Asparagus Salad with Farro, Arugula and Edamame


  • 1/2 cup pearled farro
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 lb asparagus
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup shelled and cooked edamame beans
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, torn
  • 1 large watermelon radish, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • Sesame seeds


  1. Cook the farro. In a heavy bottom saucepan, bring the farro and water to a boil. Then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, covered, about 25-30 minutes. The water should be absorbed and the farro should be plump and tender. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, use a vegetable peeler to shave off thin ribbons from the asparagus stalks. Add the ribbons to a large bowl. Reserve the asparagus tips. You can add the asparagus tips to the salad raw or blanch them first, if you prefer.
  3. Add the lemon juice, sesame olive, olive oil and salt to the asparagus ribbons, tossing to coat. Then add the reserved asparagus tips, arugula, edamame, mint and sliced radishes, tossing to combine. Transfer to serving dishes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving, if desired.


  • Stunning Liz, just stunning! You always manage to make fresh veggies look to-die-for!


    • Aww..thanks, Tori. You’re the best!

  • This looks delicious! I think I’m going to make it tonight. Thanks!


    • Yay! That’s awesome!

  • Wow, this is a beauty of a salad for sure Liz! Cream of asparagus soup is a favorite of mine, but I’ll take asparagus anyway I can get it! I also love the farro addition here! Great chewy texture with the crunchy radishes. Pinning! Thanks for sharing! And good luck at the accountants!


    • Thanks, Mary Ann. And I’m going to need all the luck I can get!

  • Typically I roast asparagus too and then eat it right off the pan, ha! No sitting down required 🙂 Taxes are basically the WORST and my husband was horrified to find out that he married someone who never gets a tax return, ack! Adulting earns you a cocktail (or 3), so let’s cheers to it almost being over! xoxo


    • You totally made me smile. Thanks, friend. I needed cheering up! XOXO!

  • We are seriously twinning on the salad front today, Liz! Asparagus and arugula were clearly meant to be 🙂 Pinning!


    • Definitely two peas in a pod! Thanks, Medha!

  • DON’T EVEN TALK TO ME ABOUT TAXES. Remember when I texted you and was like, wahhhh what do I do?! I’m still lost. I sent everything in but am convinced that I f’d it all up. Blogger/freelancer taxes are hard.

    But onto more important things. This salad looks bomb. Actually, your salads always look bomb. Come cook for me soon, pls! xx


    • Yeah I was thinking about that today. I have not clue what the heck I’m doing with all this stuff. Ugh. The only think I know how to do is make a killer salad! Think my accountant will accept salad as a form of payment?

  • This salad is so beautiful and makes me so excited about ALL things Spring! You make salad look so fun and exciting 😀 also…taxes. Ugh. I’ve never been so happy to have my mom be an accountant, haha! And they STILL suck!


    • Do you think your Mom could help me out too…? 🙂

  • Love this salad. So pretty and I am a fan of farro! And I was lol at your “not good at adulting”. Best line of the day 🙂


    • Ugh. It’s so true though! Thanks, Jennifer! 🙂

  • Oy, taxes. Ummmmmm, yea, we haven’t actually done ours yet… Being an adult sucks. Anywho…..you know, I’ve never tried shaving asparagus into strips before. I’ve got to try it, and I’m totally digging your salad!


    • This was actually the first time I’ve done it too. I had been seeing shaved asparagus everywhere, so I had to try it!

  • Dang taxes, Liz. I know. Rob and I are in the midst too… started last night. There’s this sense of urgency…. but we try to break it up over a week, so we don’t have to stress out about it all at once. Do a bit of taxes, and have a slug of wine (beer for Rob). It sucks, I know!! Hang in there.. we’re right there with you. The best thing about adulting is, though, you can have a little wine when you NEED it! 😀 This salad is fabulous, Liz! I make a similar one with quinoa, roasted asparagus and regular radishes.. watermelon is sometimes hard to find. But they are sooo pretty, so I grab em up when I can. Beautiful beautiful work!!


    • Thanks, Traci! Yes, wine is definitely a benefit of being an adult! 🙂

  • YES TO THE GREENS!! This is one gorgeous salad–especially that beautiful watermelon radish! I can never find that in my area but I’ll keep looking, if only to make this beautiful salad!


    • I hope you find some, Amy!

  • Ugh, I agree, adulting is not fun sometimes! Especially when taxes are involved! I think we finally got ours done and I’m praying that next year isn’t such a scramble! On a happy note, this salad looks beautiful!! I love all the bright spring colors! I’ll take this salad and you should enjoy some boozy popsicles to celebrate taxes almost being finished 🙂


    • I like how you think! I need lots of boozy popsicles this week!

  • Taxes are scary and never any fun…here is to trying to stay on task this year (I say as I’m 3 months behind on Quickbooks). I’m all about asparagus right now, and watermelon radishes are the prettiest things ever! Eating this salad would just make my day!


    • Thanks, Marcie! Hopefully I’ll be more organized in 2016!

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  • So pretty Liz!


    • Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Beautiful, beautiful salad, Liz! And when does adulting ever let up and get easier? I’m still waiting for that to happen. And I’m not holding my breath. I just did my taxes last week. I’ve got to find a better way to organize my receipts and invoices and crap. Good luck with yours, lady. 😉 I’m hiring someone next year!


    • Thanks, Jayme. I definitely need to be more organized next year!

  • We actually did our taxes early this year, mostly because my husband handcuffed me to my laptop and forced me to get everything in order. NOT KIDDING. Otherwise I would exactly in your shoes right now. Good luck!! And definitely have a cocktail or two…you deserve it.

    This salad is unreal in it’s spring beauty! I can’t even handle how gorgeous it is.


    • Good for you getting them done early! I’m jealous. Still haven’t filed yet and it’s now April 10th. Eeeekk!

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