Asparagus, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad

Asparagus, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad

Aspragus Salad
My two favorite spring vegetables and fruits are asparagus and strawberries because they are sweet, crunchy and refreshening. These guys are just about delicious whether they are prepared in a simple way or in a delicate dish. Today the weather in Santa Cruz, California, is at 89 degrees Fahrenheit! And let me tell you…it is soooo HOT!!! I haven’t felt this heat since I was in Puerto Rico. So I looked in my fridge to see what kind of ingredients I had to make a refreshing salad to cool myself, and I found some fresh asparagus that we picked up the day before yesterday at a farm, and some local strawberries from Watsonville. One of my favorite ways to enjoy a salad and switch it up from the regular leafy salad, is to peel the vegetables into long thin slices. So I peeled asparagus and carrots to give it a nice sweet crunchy flavor and mixed it with avocado and goat cheese. This salad has a magnificent layer of flavors from creamy to crunchy and sweet to sour. I hope you enjoy this salad on such a beautiful hot & sunny day!

Asparagus Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad

Asparagus & Strawberry Salad

Serves for two

6 fresh asparagus spears
2 medium carrots
3 strawberries, diced
1/4 cup of crumbled goat cheese
1 TB of cilantro, chopped
1/2 avocado, sliced
1/2 lemon
1 TB olive oil
Salt n’ Pepper

Cut the bottom ends of the asparagus. Using a vegetable peeler, peel thin slices (also known as ribbons) from the spears of the asparagus. Since they are round cylinder vegetables, peel off one side a couple of times then turn to peel the other side so it doesn’t roll. Continue to peel until you have the last peel. Peel the carrots in the same way too. Place your long peels in two separate plates and arrange the ribbons curling towards each other (kinda like spaghetti), add your slices of avocado and diced strawberries. Distribute your goat cheese evenly on top and squeeze lemon juice and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy right away :)

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