Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

03.21.2016

A super delicious asparagus, tomato and feta salad drizzled with an easy balsamic vinaigrette. This salad uses few ingredients but they’re all powerful in flavor creating an incredible salad that you won’t be able to stop eating!

Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette in a large glass bowl

Asparagus, Tomato & Feta Salad

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.

Close up of an Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

The Balsamic Vinaigrette

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 :).

Here’s what’s in the simple dressing;

  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • honey
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper

All the ingredients are so simple and you probably already have them in your kitchen. It’s so easy to whip up and honestly can be used on almost every salad out there!

Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad in a glass bowl

The Salad

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

Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad in a glass bowl with Balsamic Vinaigrette at the side

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Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

4.93 from 26 votes

A super delicious asparagus, tomato and feta salad drizzled with an easy balsamic vinaigrette. It's healthy, colorful, and flavorful and has such a great blend of textures.

Servings: 7 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

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. 
  2. 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.
  3. Add asparagus to boiling water and allow to boil until tender crisp, about 4 - 5 minutes. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Transfer to a bowl with tomatoes and walnuts. Drizzle vinaigrette over top and toss lightly. 
  6. 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).
Nutrition Facts
Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 205mg9%
Potassium 437mg12%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1400IU28%
Vitamin C 13.4mg16%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: asparagus, Salad
Calories: 237 kcal
Author: Jaclyn
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101 comments

  • Claire: Can you make this salad a few hours ahead of time? June 30, 2019 at 7:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: If you don’t mind it chilled then yes that would be fine. July 3, 2019 at 10:05am Reply

  • Kelley: We substituted 1/2 cup sunflower seeds and sun dried tomatoes just out of preference. Delicious! May 27, 2019 at 4:39pm Reply

  • Barbara Cherry: Made this in a slightly reduced amount for a planning for a group of ladies. Turned out very, very well. Dressing is fabulous. Keeps well. Definitely a “keeper”. May 9, 2019 at 5:48pm Reply

  • becci: This is one of my favorites! You can add diced chicken. April 28, 2019 at 11:00pm Reply

  • Nina: This one is a keeper. Have made it now 2x for guests and they all compliment it. I didn’t have walnuts and had roasted slivered almonds which gave a nice flavor too. April 27, 2019 at 6:56am Reply

  • Debbie Schmidt: Help! I have a question and need an answer as soon as possible as on making it today for my Easter dinner. Do you make this ahead of time and serve it chilled where do you serve it warm right off the stove???? April 21, 2019 at 9:36am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I serve it warm just after preparing. April 21, 2019 at 10:24am Reply

  • Darla: Added baby English cucumbers. Delicious recipe- thanks! April 21, 2019 at 8:50am Reply

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