Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Farro and Edamame |

Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Farro and Edamame

This post was originally published here April 4, 2017. I’ve since updated the text and photographs. This light, bright vegan salad is a great side dish for Spring!

Asparagus has got to be one of the most ubiquitous Spring vegetables in my kitchen. I love to roast or grill it and serve it as a side dish. It’s wonderful when stirred into risotto. And I’ve even been known to put it on my avocado toast!

And, no surprise here, I also love adding it to my salads. What can’t asparagus do!?!?

My Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Farro and Edamame is an easy way to showcase this seasonal vegetable. I keep the asparagus raw and simply shave the stalks into thin ribbons using a standard vegetable peeler. Then I toss those ribbons with cooked farro, arugula, edamame beans, sliced radishes (another iconic Spring vegetable!) and some fresh mint leaves.

The dressing is a simple combination of lemon juice, sesame oil and olive oil. And I use just barely enough to coat and bring together all the ingredients into one cohesive dish.

Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Farro and Edamame |

Normally I’m all about the “salad as a main meal” type of lifestyle. But this is one case where I’m going to recommend serving this salad as a side dish instead of a main dish. It’s so light and bright, that I think it’s much more well suited to be enjoyed alongside something a little more substantial. I served it at Easter dinner and it went PERFECTLY with our baked ham and scalloped potatoes.

If you haven’t cooked with farro before, it’s important to note that farro can be sold as “whole”, “semi-pearled” or “pearled”. Those categories refer to whether or not the bran has been removed. Most large chain grocery stores typically carry pearled farro, which cooks the mostly quickly and it’s what I’ve used in this recipe. But if you can only find whole or semi-pearled, just follow the cooking instructions on the package. And if by chance you can’t find any farro varieties, you can substitute it in this salad with cooked quinoa, brown rice or orzo.



Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Farro and Edamame

Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Farro and Edamame

At a Glance:
Yield: Serves about 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pearled farro
  • 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
  • 2 radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the farro. Cover the saucepan and reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook the farro for 25-30 minutes, or until the water has been adsorbed. Remove the saucepan from the heat and fluff the farro with a fork. Set it aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, remove the tips from the asparagus and place them in a large bowl. Then using a vegetable peeler, shave the remaining stalks into thin ribbons. Add these ribbons to the bowl. Drizzle the asparagus with the lemon juice, oils and sprinkle with the salt, tossing to coat. Then add the arugula, edamame, mint leaves, radishes and cooled farro. Toss to combine.
  3. Divide the salad between serving plates and enjoy immediately.

37 comments on “Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Farro and Edamame”

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

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

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

  6. 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?

  7. 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!

  8. 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 🙂

  9. Oy, taxes. Ummmmmm, yea, we haven’t actually done ours yet… Being an adult sucks. Anywho… 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!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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!

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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!

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  15. So pretty Liz!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. “This post was originally published here April 4, 2047.”…back to the future? LOL

  19. Lovely salad. I’ve got all of the ingredients except for the edamame – an easy fix! I really like what you did to create the simple but flavorful dressing. Dressings and vinaigrettes are just as important to me as the salad part!

    • Totally agree. And so easy to make at home. I have lots of miscellaneous mason jars in my refrigerator at all times!

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