Blanched Asparagus Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

by Meg on June 10, 2014

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and asparagus is in season!

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Who here absolutely loves asparagus?

Honestly, I’d be lying if I told you it was one of my favourite vegetables.

like it, but it’s just not a favourite of mine, but I’ve been trying to eat more local and seasonal, so I’ve been buying Ontario grown asparagus regularly lately. Therefore, I’ve also been experimenting with many different ways of serving asparagus.

This weekend I created a salad that was so good I ate it two nights in a row. It features blanched asparagus and I just have to share it with you today! It is so good!

I had never though to put cooked asparagus in my salad before, but it really takes a salad to the next level. And when it’s chopped up into little bits as shown below, its so much more fun to eat, too!

Enjoy! :D

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Blanched Asparagus Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

Serves 1

Ingredients:

2 romaine leaves, thinly chopped or shredded
7 – 10 asparagus spears, blanched/steamed/boiled and chopped into small bits (see picture above)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1/2 avocado
juice of 1/2 lemon
cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
sea salt

Directions:

To assemble salad, begin by placing shredded romaine in a bowl and then top the romaine with the cooked asparagus. From there, finish with cherry tomatoes, avocado, and basil. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over salad, drizzle with olive oil, and season with sea salt.

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This salad is bursting with flavours of spring and I hope you love it just as much as I do!

I’ve been making this a meal salad by adding salmon, trout, or shrimp on top!

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Do you love asparagus? What is your favourite way to have it? Have you ever tried it cooked in a salad before?

Let me know if you like this recipe! I really want to start sharing more recipes with you! I have been slacking big time!

Love always,

Meg xo

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 10, 2014 at 7:33 AM

It’s definitely salad weather here in the UK at the minute. This looks lovely!

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Meg June 11, 2014 at 5:08 PM

i hope you make it!

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Linz @ Itz Linz June 10, 2014 at 7:41 AM

YUM! That looks wonderful! I love drizzling some balsamic on my asparagus, but that salad looks really great!

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Meg June 11, 2014 at 5:08 PM

balsamic would be such a nice addition to this!

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Livi June 10, 2014 at 8:08 AM

I’ve never blanched anything, but I can wait to try this!

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Meg June 11, 2014 at 5:08 PM

i hope you do try it!

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun June 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Yum this looks delicious! Perfect for summer.

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Meg June 11, 2014 at 5:08 PM

let me know if you try it!

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Samantha @ The Faithful Runner June 10, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I’ve never tried asparagus in a salad before. Usually when I eat it, it’s wrapped in prosciutto or bacon! YUM! I’ll have to try this recipe. It looks delicious!

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Meg June 11, 2014 at 5:09 PM

mmmmmmmm proscuitto

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

How do I make the little emoji with the hearts in it’s eyes on here? Because that’s how I feel for this salad!! OH EM GEE!

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Meg June 11, 2014 at 5:09 PM

LOL please try it!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries June 10, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Cody and I looooooove asparagus! This looks delicious!!

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Meg June 11, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Eddie’s fav is asparagus! :)

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Michele June 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM

That looks super delicious with the salmon and shrimp. Perfect summer dish. Love it Meg!

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Meg June 11, 2014 at 5:09 PM

thanks love :D

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Rebecca June 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM

I LOVE ASPARAGUS my favorite food! Girl I swear you are in my mind, I had asparagus on my salad last night for dinner!

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Meg June 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM

HA HA :D awesome girl

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Jordan Leigh June 10, 2014 at 12:25 PM

My mom ruined asparagus for me for the first 18 years of my life. All I ever knew of it was that limp, mushy canned mess of a veggie (mom wasn’t much of a cook, ie she burnt boiling spaghetti… true story) But this looks delicious! And really, anything with avocado, salmon, and tomatoes is going to be delightful.. I might add my old standby, sardines ;)

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Meg June 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM

ewwwww canned :( :( :( :( but yummmmmm sardines :)

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Jordan Leigh June 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM

YES. I should have known you would share my love of sardines, twin <3

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Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition June 10, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Your food is always such beautiful colors : )

I LOVE asparagus! I tend to cook really simply– coconut oil & lemon

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Meg June 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM

i love love love simple :D

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Allison June 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Because of you I feel like each salad I eat needs a chunk of GORGEOUS salmon on it! (ps this looks amazing!)

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Meg June 11, 2014 at 5:11 PM

LOL that’s totally #megapproved ;)

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