Asparagus salad

Shaved Spring Vegetable Salad with Sumac Vinaigrette

NGI Alum Spotlight: Alissa Wagner

Having graduated from NGI's Chef's Training Program in the late 2000s, Alissa Wagner is a successful restaurateur in New York City. Along with friend and business partner Sabrina De Sousa, Alissa co-founded Dimes, a hip, vegetable-forward eatery in Chinatown.

The Southern California-influenced restaurant started out as a small 18-seat space but relocated to bigger digs, on Canal Street, this past spring. Check out these recent features about the talented NGI alum:

Way to go, Alissa!

Tired of the tossed green salad standby but still craving fresh seasonal produce? Try this shaved springtime vegetable salad, which has a satisfying texture and lots of visual appeal. Hold off on dressing the salad until right before serving. 


Shaved Spring Vegetable Salad with Sumac Vinaigrette

Yields 4 servings


  • 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled
  • ½ bunch asparagus (about 8 ounces), trimmed
  • 3 radishes, sliced paper thin
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled
  • 2 oz hard cow’s milk cheese, shaved (optional)*

For the vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon sumac
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Few grinds of black pepper
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, toss chickpeas with olive oil and salt until evenly coated. Roast until slightly crisp, about 20 minutes.
  3. Using a peeler, peel cucumber into long strips, avoiding the seedy center.
  4. Slice the flowering tips off asparagus and halve on a diagonal. Using a peeler, peel asparagus stalks into long strips.
  5. Using a peeler, peel carrots into long strips.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, sumac, salt and pepper; while continually whisking, slowly stream in olive oil. Add cucumber, asparagus, carrots and radishes and toss to coat evenly.
  7. To serve, divide salad among 4 plates and top with chickpeas and cheese, if using.

*We used Alpha Tolman, a raw cow’s milk cheese from Jasper Hill Farm, which is available at the Union Square Greenmarket.

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