Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

03.21.2016

Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking Classy

Here’s one of my all time favorite spring salads! When creating this I was skeptical that it would be anything “wow!” worthy because there really isn’t a whole lot to it, it’s easy to make and it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients but sometimes the simpler things are some of the best, it was “wow!” worthy and then some. I mean when you start to lose track of how many plates of it you’ve dished up then it must be pretty amazing. It’s so good you’ll be like “what main dish?” Forget it all just give me a heaping bowl full of this! I loved every ingredient in this Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad and how surprisingly well it really all came together. When you add balsamic vinegar to anything you pretty much know from the get go that it’s going to be good, right? I love when I can make something healthy that I’m so excited about! Good for your body and good for your tastebuds. It’s kind of like the time my brother described sushi to me as “a party of flavors in his mouth” that’s what I’m going to go with on this one :). Another thing I really enjoyed about this salad were the textures and the contrast there, the crunchy roasted walnuts mixed in among the perfectly tender asparagus and the crisp, juicy bite from the tomatoes.

We get so used to the salads with some sort of lettuce that I think it can be easy to forget salads really don’t have to have lettuce. Yes of course I’ll always love a chopped salad or house salad with some sort of crisp lettuce to it but sometimes it’s just nice to have something different. Something out of the norm. With Easter just around the corner this would make the perfect side dish to your holiday gathering! And in the summer when you have fresh strawberries you can even try a sweet variation on this by replacing the tomatoes with strawberries – but be sure to try the tomato version at least once because it is oh so amazing! Yes, that’s right I’m raving about a salad. Try this, you won’t regret it!

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Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yield: About 7 servings

Ingredients

Vinaigrette

  • 6 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salad

  • 2 lbs fresh asparagus (preferably medium thickness), tough ends trimmed, remaining diced into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 (10.5 oz) pkg. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts , toasted
  • 4 oz feta cheese , crumbled (scant 1 cup)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile prepare vinaigrette - add vinegar to a small saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat and allow to boil until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Pour into a jar or bowl, add olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, garlic and whisk to blend while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Add asparagus to boiling water and allow to boil until tender crisp, about 4 - 5 minutes. Meanwhile fill a medium mixing bowl with ice and cold water. Drain and immediately transfer asparagus to ice water, let rest about 10 seconds then drain asparagus well. Transfer to a bowl with tomatoes and walnuts. Drizzle vinaigrette over top and toss lightly. Sprinkle over half of the feta then plate and top with remaining feta (just so the feta doesn't brown from tossing with all the dressing).
  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking Classy

45 comments

  • Linda: This looks fabulous! I am adding it to the menu for a family Easter dinner and wondering how well it keeps? I would need to make it ahead of time. Thanks for sharing! March 22, 2016 at 3:27pm Reply

  • Yvonne: Excellent recipe! It is amazing how much difference it makes to toast the walnuts. We will use this recipe regularly. Thanks! March 22, 2016 at 4:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe Yvonne! Thanks for your comment! March 23, 2016 at 12:38am Reply

  • Juliana Ramsey: Hey Jaclyn,
    Your pictures are absolutely fabulous! I hope to one day become as great as you are!! I know this is off the subject, but I was wondering if you could give me a link to one of your soft sugar cookies recipes? I couldn’t fine one.. Thanks, and again awesome job on the pictures they always look amazing!

    Juliana March 22, 2016 at 8:25pm Reply

  • Sophie: I try it at last, and it was soooo good ! Thank you for that recipe . March 23, 2016 at 4:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your review Sophie! I’m so glad you liked it! March 23, 2016 at 5:18pm Reply

  • sarah: Wonderful! Also, thanks for the tip to top the salad with the remaining feta in order for it to not turn brown from the dressing. March 25, 2016 at 7:54am Reply

  • Maryline Fétiveau: This recipe is so good. The dressing is amazing. My husband said it is the best dressing he never had. Thanks again for this recipe. March 25, 2016 at 4:57pm Reply

  • A-L: Have you tried making this salad with roasted asparagus? If so, how did it compare? March 28, 2016 at 12:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tried yet but I’m sure that would be delicious as well! March 28, 2016 at 9:57pm Reply

  • Yve: Hey! I loveeee this recipe! I actually even posted it on my own cooking blog cuz it was that good. Hopefully Everyone that sees my post comes here to tell you how great your recipe was. I really enjoyed it and I’m craving more. It’s also super easy and fast to make so that’s a definite plus for me :) thank you for posting! March 29, 2016 at 2:06pm Reply

  • Sheila: I am going to make this to take to my mother-in-law’s in another city tomorrow. I would like to mix the vinaigrette and put it in a jar and to also prepare the asparagus today and take it in a bowl. Then we can put everything together before dinner when we’re there. Do you think this will be ok? Or should we deal with blanching the asparagus after we’re there? I’m trying to make it simple when we’re there with a ton of people. This looks like a great recipe!! April 2, 2016 at 12:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: For best results I’d cook it there but that’s just me, I’ll always pick what will give best flavor over what’s most convenient :). April 2, 2016 at 10:37pm Reply

  • Michelle Smith: This looks delicious. Is the nutritional information available? April 5, 2016 at 8:58am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have that info. April 5, 2016 at 11:37am Reply

  • Gina Ritchie: Can’t wait to try this. I love fresh low carb foods. April 12, 2016 at 10:37am Reply

  • mary: Looks delicious. Do you think trading out the walnuts for pine nuts (still toasted) would be good or would you recommend against? April 25, 2016 at 7:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that would be a good choice too. I hope you love this recipe Mary! April 25, 2016 at 7:28pm Reply

  • Valerie: I can’t wait to try both the salad and the dressing :)
    Living in Spain I will use a pan called the “plancha” to cook the asparagus, it allows to fry without any fat. May 5, 2016 at 8:54am Reply

  • Lisa: My daughter made this for mother’s day with a chicken recipe and it was awesome. Love it…I will be making it soon. May 9, 2016 at 3:46pm Reply

  • Christine: Can you provide the nutritional information for this recipe please. Thanks! May 31, 2016 at 11:38am Reply

  • Alicia: How do you keep the vinegar from turning into a gummy substance when you boil it? Surely I am not the only one that wants to know. June 2, 2016 at 5:56pm Reply

  • Amber: 7 servings as a side or main? :) June 5, 2016 at 12:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: About 7 as a side dish. June 6, 2016 at 3:06pm Reply

  • Anita: I made this salad for 50 people and everyone raved about it. I made it the day before and it held up very well.. Will be making this one again for sure!
    Thank you so much for posting this!! June 16, 2016 at 4:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Can’t beat that review- thanks for taking the time to comment! June 21, 2016 at 10:42am Reply

  • Debbie: We really enjoyed this! We added grilled chicken and made a meal out of it! June 21, 2016 at 6:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it Debbie! Can’t go wrong with the addition of grilled chicken! June 22, 2016 at 1:14am Reply

  • Brandy: Anyone know how long it will keep in the fridge? June 22, 2016 at 6:16am Reply

  • Steffanie: Do u think it’s ok to make the day before? July 8, 2016 at 2:03pm Reply

  • Emily: Can this be made a day before? Have a work luncheon and need to prepare this the night before. August 14, 2016 at 10:26am Reply

  • Liz: Can you make the dressing a day ahead of serving? January 3, 2017 at 4:01pm Reply

  • Emily Holman: Can’t wait to try this! What would you recommend to serve as the main dish? February 17, 2017 at 12:14pm Reply

  • Gloria: The dish was out of this world. Prepared along with a dinner of filet minon with blue cheese sauce, sweet potatoes twice baked with carmelized onions and a hint of goat cheese finished with balsamic drizzle, used goat cheese on the salad instead of feta for continuity. What a meal…..Thanks for the recipe, I know I will be making it again as it is springtime and tender asparagus are on sale everywhere this time of year. February 26, 2017 at 7:38am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Gloria! February 27, 2017 at 12:30pm Reply

  • Jen: How much do you think a portion size is? About one cup? March 7, 2017 at 10:01am Reply

  • Linda Callies: I dislike bottled Balsamic dressings. It’s such a heavy taste. Is your homemade dressing lighter? So many of the new recipes call for balsamic dressing. If I still don’t like the homemade version can you suggest a substitute dressing? Just plain oil & vinegar? April 4, 2017 at 9:43am Reply

  • Linda m Lindberg: I tried this last night, and it was great. My husband loved it too. I will definitely have it again. Thanks!! April 13, 2017 at 7:21am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for commenting Linda! April 18, 2017 at 12:38pm Reply

  • Anneli: This salad is absolutely delicious..My husband who has hated asparagus, tasted this salad, and said it was good. He had two bowls of the salad…
    I did add a chopped red pepper, and used chopped almonds, and sunflower seeds instead of the walnuts…
    This has become one of my most favorite salads… May 22, 2017 at 9:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you have both enjoyed the recipe and have been able to adjust it to your liking. Thanks for your comment! May 25, 2017 at 10:58am Reply

  • Nancy: Has anyone tried this with strawberries instead of tomatoes yet? June 2, 2017 at 9:13am Reply

  • Dianne ruprich: Do you have nutritional info on this recipe? June 3, 2017 at 3:23pm Reply

  • Carla: Made this last night, along with grilled steak with chimichurri sauce and roasted red potatoes. One of the best meals I’ve made, and I have to say your recipe was a highlight! The combination of ingredients worked so wonderfully together! I had to have seconds and my husband loved it as well. Thank you for sharing. I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes! June 22, 2017 at 8:06am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Carla! So glad you loved them! June 22, 2017 at 10:23am Reply

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