Cherry Tomato, Asparagus, and Avocado Salad Topped with Basil and Feta

I wanted to make a nice salad to go with the pork chops I was making for dinner. Instead of a regular salad, using lettuce, I decided to make the main components of the salad the tomatoes, asparagus, and avocado. I made a tangy vinaigrette to toss with the veggies then topped it with freshly torn basil and a sprinkling of feta cheese. This was a HUGE hit with all of us. Even my kids, who don’t care for asparagus, gobbled it up. I love that!

Side Note: I make my vinaigrettes very tangy and flavorful. If you like a more traditional vinaigrette, then add more canola or olive oil to the mixture. 

Combine the canola oil, olive oil, seasoned rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, garlic, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a small bowl; whisk until well combined. Set aside for the flavors to mingle.

Remove the wooden ends from the asparagus then cut them into thirds. Boil a small pot of water, add the asparagus, then cook for 1 minute or until crisp-tender. Drain from the hot water and place into a bowl of ice water for 30 seconds. Remove from the water and place on a paper towel to drain.

Add the sliced tomatoes, asparagus, and diced avocado to a large bowl. Tear basil leaves and throw into the bowl. Drizzle with the vinaigrette, to taste (you may not need it all), then toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Serve. Enjoy.

 

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Cherry Tomato, Asparagus, and Avocado Salad Topped with Basil and Feta

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp sugar
1 clove of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
10 spears of asparagus, wooden ends remove & cut into thirds
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 avocado, diced
3-4 fresh basil leaves, torn
1-2 tbsp feta cheese

Directions:

Combine the canola oil, olive oil, seasoned rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, garlic, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a small bowl; whisk until well combined. Set aside for the flavors to mingle.

Remove the wooden ends from the asparagus then cut them into thirds. Boil a small pot of water, add the asparagus, then cook for 1 minute or until crisp-tender. Drain from the hot water and place into a bowl of ice water for 30 seconds. Remove from the water and place on a paper towel to drain.

Add the sliced tomatoes, asparagus, and diced avocado to a large bowl. Tear basil leaves and throw into the bowl. Drizzle with the vinaigrette, to taste (you may not need it all), then toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Serve. Enjoy.

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21 Responses to “Cherry Tomato, Asparagus, and Avocado Salad Topped with Basil and Feta”

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    Peggy Recker — April 10, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

    Oh this looks so good. I’m planning to make it tomorrow. Finger is ok, just annoying, my sinuses are worse then the finger, so I’m glad I’m going to the doctor tomorrow.

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    Cherry Tomato, Asparagus, and Avocado Salad Topped with Basil and Feta | My Best Cookbook — April 10, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

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    Kris — April 10, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    DROOL!!!
    xo Kris

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — April 10, 2013 @ 11:31 pm

    Such a pretty salad! I love asparagus. Will have to give this one a try. Thanks for this lovely recipe Pam.

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    Katarina — April 10, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

    Fresh and delicious!

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    Jenn — April 11, 2013 @ 5:19 am

    Now that is a gorgeous salad!! It just screams summer!!! :)

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    teresa — April 11, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    mmm, forget a side dish, i would eat this for lunch! i love the feta and homemade dressing, delicious!

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    Carmen Rosa — April 11, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    Refreshing, simple and Yummy colorful salad !!

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    Joanne — April 11, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    I prefer salads without any lettuce! Love this mix of veggies!

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    vanillasugarblog — April 11, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    please do more avocado recipes?
    i eat them almost everyday and need ideas!
    (i’m eating paleo for a while to drop some winter baking weight lol)

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    Marjie — April 11, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    We are eating a lot of salads, too, in giddy anticipation of spring. I like to put a scoop of cottage cheese on my salad to make it more filling!

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    Natalie — April 11, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    Yum, such a refreshing salad! This would be perfect at a summer BBQ, going to save this one!

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    The Café Sucré Farine — April 11, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

    Such beautiful, vibrant colors, love this yummy Spring salad!

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    Chris — April 11, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    So spring like, just the colors alone make me feel like summer is around the corner. I like a tart vinaigrette too, when I follow most recipes I think they are too olive oily.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — April 11, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    This salad sounds wonderful. I love a good lettuce salad, but it always nice to try something new.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 12, 2013 @ 2:04 am

    Oooh I love every single one of these ingredients in this!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — April 12, 2013 @ 2:30 am

    A very seasonal and fresh salad, Pam. Your family is so lucky having you cook all the delicious and healthy meals for them.

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    Crispy Baked Pork Chops with Tomato Jam and a HUGE GIVEAWAY (Winner Announced – Giveaway Closed) | My Best Cookbook — April 14, 2013 @ 11:20 pm

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    catalaya — April 24, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    A refreshing salad indeed……..I love this!!

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    Linda — September 28, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    Delicious, healthy salad!!! Love it!

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    Bev — May 12, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

    This salad was a great success and especially wonderful because it is the start of the local asparagus season. I didn’t have any feta cheese so used blue cheese instead. It was delicious!!!

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