Salads | July 10, 2020

Summer Asparagus Salad Recipe

Fresh asparagus, creamy avocado, salty feta, and bright tomatoes come together with a dijon vinaigrette for the ultimate summer salad.  Whip this Summer Asparagus Salad Recipe up in minutes for a healthy and colorful side dish.
Summer asparagus salad on a white plate. Garnished with basil, fresh lemon, and feta cheese. A small bowl of dressing is to the side, as well as a white napkin.

What Is an Asparagus Salad Recipe?

Green salads don’t require lettuce, they just require green!  And this is such a nice variation to your run o’ the mill green salad. So bring on those lovely green veggies like asparagus.  The base of this recipe is blanched asparagus.  We’ve amped up the flavor with tomato and avocado along with a tasty dressing.
A few years back some friends brought this tasty asparagus salad to a BBQ.  This salad was gone in 2 seconds flat. Everyone asked for the recipe, including me, and it has been a staple ever since.
Asparagus salad shot from overhead. The salad is arranged on a round white plate with a small bowl of yellow dressing. Sliced grape tomatoes and lemons are placed beside the plate.

Here’s What You Need For Your Grocery List:

The ingredient list for this dish is pretty simple, you’ll need:
  • asparagus
  • avocado
  • grape or cherry tomatoes
  • feta cheese
  • lemon
  • olive oil
  • dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • basil for garnish
Asparagus, tomatoes, and avocado in a large white bowl. Feta cheese, olive oil, lemon and salt and pepper are set to the side.

How To Make Summer Asparagus Salad Recipe

  1. Start by slicing your tomatoes in half, dicing your avocado, and cutting asparagus into 1-2″ pieces Pro Tip: bend the asparagus spear until is breaks.  This is where you should trim off the woody part of the spear.
  2. Blanch asparagus by dropping it into boiling water and boiling for 1-2 minutes.  Drain.
  3. Immediately place asparagus into an ice bath to stop the cooking.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare your dressing by combining lemon juice, olive oil, dijon, and salt and pepper in a blender.
    How to make asparagus salad: 1. dice your vegges. 2. Blanch your asparagus. 3. Ice bath your asparagus. Combine dressing ingredients in blender.
  5. Blend until smooth
  6. Toss blanches asparagus, avocado, tomatoes, and feta in a large bowl.  Dress with dijon vinaigrette.  Garnish with basil.
    How to make asparagus salad: 5. Blend until smooth. 6. Toss with veggies.

The Dressing

This simple dijon vinaigrette has lots of good for you ingredients!  Olive oil is primarily made up of monounsaturated fat (approximately 73%), a heart healthy fat. Lemon juice is high in vitamin C. Mustard seeds are excellent sources of the trace minerals selenium and magnesium, which not only help with cancer prevention, but can also manage symptoms of asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, and migraines.  So overall, this dressing is not only delicious, but it is a better for you option when it comes to salad dressings.

A close up of mustard vinaigrette in a small white bowl.

Do I Have To Cook The Asparagus?

No.  Asparagus is a highly nutritious vegetable that can be eaten cooked or raw.  Asparagus can sometimes be tough, so cooking is the preferred method, but many people enjoy it raw.  This recipe calls for blanching, which is a quick cook, leaving a bite in the vegetable, but softening enough to be enjoyable.

Summer asparagus salad recipe on a large white platter, garnished with basil and Feta cheese.

Is This Salad Healthy?

Asparagus is a nutrient-packed vegetable. It is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.  We have also included tomatoes which are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.  Avocados and a good source of monounsaturated fat, which can reduce your risk of heart disease.  So this salad has a lot of good things going for it!

A 3/4 angle shot of asparagus salad on a white plate. The salad includes asparagus, tomato, avocado and feta cheese. It is garnished with basil and has a small bowl of dressing to the side.

What Should I Serve Asparagus Salad With?

This dish is PERFECT for summer evening dinners.  You will love this along with any sort of grilled meat.  Try it with:
Asparagus salad on a white platter. The shot is taken from overhead and highlights the colors of the salad. Lemons and basil are placed beside the platter.

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Summer asparagus salad on a white plate. Garnished with basil, fresh lemon, and feta cheese. A small bowl of dressing is to the side, as well as a white napkin.
Summer Asparagus Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
13 mins
 

Fresh asparagus, creamy avocado, salty feta, and bright tomatoes come together with a dijon vinaigrette for the ultimate summer salad.  Whip this Summer Asparagus Salad Recipe up in minutes for a healthy and colorful side dish.

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: asparagus salad, summer salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 274 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 1 LB asparagus trimmed and halved
  • 1 pint small tomatoes cherry, grape, hierlum, etc., halved
  • 2 avocados cubed
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 TBSP dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • juice from one lemon
Instructions
  1. Start by slicing your tomatoes in half, dicing your avocado, and cutting asparagus into 1-2" pieces.
  2. Blanch asparagus by dropping it into boiling water and boiling for 1-2 minutes.  Drain.
  3. Immediately place asparagus into an ice bath to stop the cooking.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare your dressing by combining lemon juice, olive oil, dijon, and salt and pepper in a blender.
  5. Blend until smooth
  6. Toss blanches asparagus, avocado, tomatoes, and feta in a large bowl.  Dress with dijon vinaigrette.  Garnish with basil.
Nutrition Facts
Summer Asparagus Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 1131mg49%
Potassium 515mg15%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1075IU22%
Vitamin C 16.3mg20%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

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  1. 4 stars
    LOVED the summer asparagus salad! What’s even more surprising, is my family liked it a lot too which is very surprising as they don’t like much!!! Thank you!

  2. 1 star
    Please fix your salt measurement for the dressing. I was Just following the recipe and used the full tablespoon of salt you have listed in your recipe. This measurement is absolutely wrong! Ruined the whole dish :(

    1. Hi Kristy,

      I’m so sorry. I will fix that up right away. Typos happen, and unfortunately in recipes – it can be detrimental.