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Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Ricotta Salata

No salad says springtime like this one. Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the market and dinner is ready to go in 10 minutes.



  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Vietnamese fish sauce
  • 1 small clove garlic, very finely minced or grated
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • ½ pound (250 g) thick asparagus spears (weight after trimming)
  • 3 ounces (90 g) baby arugula
  • Chunk of ricotta salata cheese

Serves 4


Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, fish sauce, and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Working with one asparagus spear at a time, lay the spear flat on a work surface and shave it lengthwise into thin ribbons with a sharp vegetable peeler. Put the asparagus in a salad bowl with the arugula. With a cheese plane or vegetable peeler, shave about 3 ounces (90 g) of cheese—or as much as you like—into the bowl.

Add enough dressing to coat the salad lightly; you may not need it all. Toss gently, taste for seasoning, and serve immediately.

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