Shaved Asparagus Salad

Asparagus, especially raw, is so good for your gut. It contains a special type of fibre called inulin, which is a prebiotic food for your microbiota. If you don’t fancy eating it raw, you can lightly steam it. Boost bacteria levels by adding a spoonful of fermented pickles on the side.

Serves 4 / 15 mins / pretty easy


  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 large handful of baby spinach1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil juice of 1⁄2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard small handful of sunflower seeds sea salt flakes and pepper, to taste

 Optional extras

  • 1 poached egg
  • 1 tablespoon sauerkraut or kimchi

How to make it

Break off the tough ends of the asparagus and discard them.

‘Shave’ the asparagus spears thinly using a vegetable peeler, or slice very thinly with a sharp knife and place in a large bowl.

Add the spinach, carrot and spring onions and toss together well.

Place the olive oil, lemon juice and mustard in a small bowl and whisk together, then drizzle over the salad.

Mix well and sprinkle with the sunflower seeds. Serve with a poached egg, and sauerkraut or kimchi on the side, if you like.

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