What Is an Asparagus Salad Recipe?
Here’s What You Need For Your Grocery List:
- grape or cherry tomatoes
- feta cheese
- olive oil
- dijon mustard
- salt and pepper
- basil for garnish
How To Make Summer Asparagus Salad Recipe
- 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.
- Blanch asparagus by dropping it into boiling water and boiling for 1-2 minutes. Drain.
- Immediately place asparagus into an ice bath to stop the cooking.
- Meanwhile, prepare your dressing by combining lemon juice, olive oil, dijon, and salt and pepper in a blender.
- Blend until smooth
- Toss blanches asparagus, avocado, tomatoes, and feta in a large bowl. Dress with dijon vinaigrette. Garnish with basil.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
- 1 LB asparagus trimmed and halved
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
Start by slicing your tomatoes in half, dicing your avocado, and cutting asparagus into 1-2" pieces.
Blanch asparagus by dropping it into boiling water and boiling for 1-2 minutes. Drain.
Immediately place asparagus into an ice bath to stop the cooking.
Meanwhile, prepare your dressing by combining lemon juice, olive oil, dijon, and salt and pepper in a blender.
Blend until smooth
Toss blanches asparagus, avocado, tomatoes, and feta in a large bowl. Dress with dijon vinaigrette. Garnish with basil.