This cold asparagus salad can also be served as an appetizer!
Asparagus salad or, is it an asparagus appetizer? Well, it's both! I consider this a salad but a restaurant I used to live near served this as an asparagus appetizer. So simple, fresh and a wonderful change from the veggies we have been eating this winter. I'm done with squash. Am tired of green beans. Corn is a carb so it's a no, no. Carrots, I read, are high on the glycemic scale. Yes, even veggies have issues!!
Asparagus is coming into season now. I'm seeing it in all the grocery stores at decent prices. And it looks so green and fresh! I've always loved it but my favorite asparagus salad was in a little Italian restaurant in Naperville, IL. This recipe is a much-simplified version and thus is actually low calorie.
Balsamic vinegar or Red wine vinegar (I just use grocery store variety)
Trim about 1 ½ to 2 inches off the bottom of the stocks. This is the tough part. There are fancier ways of doing this but I just cut it off. When you do this, it fits much better into your steaming basket. I think the longer stalks look fancier. But, if it's ease of eating, cut your asparagus into 2-inch pieces.
If you are steaming asparagus stalks, here's a helpful hint. Cut the bottom of the stalks off so they fit perfectly into your steaming basket.
Steam for about 4 minutes. You want it to be tender but still a little crisp. If you are steaming a lot of asparagus at the same time, you may need to add a minute.
Plunge the asparagus into an ice bath to stop the cooking process and to cool it. An ice bath is as simple as it sounds. Water and some ice.
Plate your asparagus, drizzle your vinegar on it and then sprinkle your Feta cheese on top. I LOVE this for lunch! It's fresh, light and filling.
Hint: If you are making this for yourself, and don't need to take pictures of it, just cut into 1 ½ inch pieces prior to steaming. It's more fork-friendly this way :).
Another favorite asparagus recipe
***Check out my Asparagus with crispy Prosciutto recipe! Great appetizer, snack or light lunch!***
Printable for Steamed Asparagus with Feta
Asparagus salad - with feta cheese!
- Balsamic vinegar or Red wine vinegar I just use grocery store variety
- Feta cheese
- Trim about 1 ½ to 2 inches off the bottom of the stocks.
- Steam for about 4 minutes. You want it to be tender but still a little crisp. If you are steaming a lot, you may need to add a minute.
- Plunge the asparagus into an ice bath to stop the cooking process and to cool it.
- Plate your asparagus, drizzle your vinegar on it and then sprinkle your Feta cheese on top.
I love that this is so simple and I never would have thought of pairing feta with asparagus. Pinning
Looks easy to fix. Will try your method
This sounds wonderful! I love balsamic vinegar and feta... and with asparagus this has to be an amazing meal! Thanks or sharing!
Hope you love this recipe as much as I do! I love this as a nice lunch or a light dinner. Yum!
Yum, I love asparagus and feta cheese. Unfortunately I am the only one in this household. Maybe I'll just get some for a nice lunch. Thanks for the idea.
I usually make some for dinner for myself and my husband. And, have the leftovers for lunch the next two days. It just feels very satisfying and filling to me so I don't need anything else for lunch.