Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

03.21.2016

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.

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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

4.94 from 15 votes

A delicious and easy salad made with asparagus, tomato and feta.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: feta salad, salad with balsamic
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 237 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

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. 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. 
  4. 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).
  5. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Potassium 437mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 8g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 28%
Vitamin C 16.2%
Calcium 13%
Iron 19.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

80 comments

  • erin: I made this and it’s absolutely delicious!! Heads up to others out there… before you start cooking, I recommend you prep in the following order:
    1. toast walnuts
    2. cut tomatoes and have ready in bowl
    3. add walnuts to bowl
    4. mix all vinaigrette items BEFORE you start cooking the balsamic. then, add the balsamic to the mixture, whisk, and let sit.
    5. boil big pot of water
    6. prepare a bowl of ice and set in your sink
    7. boil water asparagus. this is most important step. DON’T OVERCOOK! if you do, the asparagus becomes mush. July 7, 2018 at 3:06pm Reply

  • Marsha: Delicious and sooo easy to make it’s also rather colorful looking salad I will be making this again for sure ???? June 8, 2018 at 10:36am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! June 8, 2018 at 11:21am Reply

  • Ray M: Great summer salad. Nice blend of flavours. I might not cook the the asparagus next time. Rather just blanche it. June 3, 2018 at 4:09pm Reply

  • Sandra Griffin: Tried this salad tonight, it was fabulous. Definitely one of my go to summer salads this year.
    Thank you May 27, 2018 at 3:20pm Reply

  • Judi P: Unbelievably delicious! I Roasted the Asparagus in the oven with a little garlic, red onion and a tiny bit of grated parm. Beautiful, easy, fast, healthy…a keeper for sure! May 17, 2018 at 6:37am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! Thanks Judi! May 17, 2018 at 10:45am Reply

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