Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad with Ricotta Salata

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. Pair with California Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris.

Serves 4


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

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.

/ Pairing Suggestions

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  • Barbera

    Pair with smoked salmon, grilled mozzarella and prosciutto, and flatbread with fresh tomato, basil and roasted garlic. 

  • Cabernet Franc

    Pair with a classic beef stew, aged Gouda, and rosemary-rubbed pork tenderloin.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    Pair with grass-fed beef, whether grilled, roasted, braised or stir-fried.

  • Chardonnay

    Pair with white fish, shellfish and free-range chicken – especially with creamy, buttery sauces.

  • Chenin Blanc

    Pair with seared scallops, chicken in coconut curry, or sliced ripe pears with fresh or slightly aged sheep’s milk cheeses.

  • Dessert wines

    Pair with nuts—almonds and hazelnuts—as well as chocolate tortes, vanilla custard, peach cobbler and ricotta cheesecake. In general, aim to pair sweet dessert wines with sweet desserts, and light dessert wines with light desserts.

  • Gewürztraminer

    Pair with smoked white fish, spicy stir-fried dishes, or slightly sweet desserts.

  • Grenache

    Pair with any grilled shellfish as well as salami, sliced ham and other charcuterie.

  • Grenache Blanc

    Pair with crab, squid, or clams with garlic butter as well as grilled snapper with lemon zest.

  • Malbec

    Pair with classic rack of lamb, beef fajitas, and roasted root vegetables.

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