This easy asparagus salad recipe is bursting with flavors. The still slightly crisp asparagus mix with salad greens, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, and walnuts. Then a balsamic glaze dressing gets drizzled over the top which makes it taste amazing. You'll love this simple spring salad recipe!

Complete the meal with our juicy baked chicken breast or 8-minute baked salmon!

Asparagus salad in a salad bowl.

Asparagus salad

Asparagus salad is the recipe to make in the springtime when asparagus is cheap, plentiful, and often local.

The combination of flavors here is really incredible; it's next to impossible to stop dreaming of this salad. You may want to double the recipe because it's hard to stop eating it, too.

Crisp-tender asparagus, crunchy nuts, creamy goat cheese, and sweet balsamic dressing make this salad recipe a winner!

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How to make this asparagus salad recipe

This spring salad recipe is a breeze to throw together!

  1. Blanch the asparagus for two minutes then cool it in an ice bath.
  2. Whisk the balsamic glaze salad dressing ingredients together.
  3. Add the salad greens, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, and walnuts to a salad bowl then pour the dressing over the top. Easy!

If you'd like to prep this ahead of time, you can blanch the asparagus and make the dressing up to three days before you will serve it.

Full recipe instructions in the recipe card below.

How to cook asparagus for salad

We like to quickly blanch the asparagus before using it in a salad.

  1. Bring a few inches of water to a boil.
  2. Ass the asparagus and set a timer for two minutes.
  3. Drain the asparagus then cool it under cold running water for a few seconds. Then fill the pot with cold water and some ice cubes to stop the asparagus from cooking and keep it a vibrant green color.
Asparagus salad in a bowl with a fork.

Is this a cold asparagus salad

Yes, we like to serve this salad cold. But if you'd prefer it warm, simply skip the step of chilling the cooked asparagus in an ice bath.

Variations to try

  • Switch up the nuts – try pistachios, toasted cashews, or spicy flavored nuts.
  • Change the cheese – feta, parmesan, or blue would all be nice.
  • Add your favorite veggies – think cucumbers, bell peppers, red onion, snap peas, or avocado.

What to serve with asparagus salad

We love serving our 8-minute baked salmon with this salad. It makes a light and healthy dinner and the flavors work really well together. Here are a few other mains that go well with this salad:

Salad tongs in a big bowl of asparagus salad.
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Asparagus salad in a salad bowl.

Asparagus Salad with Balsamic Glaze

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: North American

Description

This easy asparagus salad recipe is bursting with flavors. The still slightly crisp asparagus mix with salad greens, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, and walnuts. Then a balsamic glaze dressing gets drizzled over the top which makes it taste amazing. You'll love this simple spring salad recipe! 


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Ingredients

Balsamic glaze dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze (balsamic reduction)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove, very finely minced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon water

Asparagus salad

  • 1 lb. asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 5 ounces salad greens
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts or pecans
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring 2-inches of water to boil in a medium-sized pot over high heat. Add the asparagus and set a timer for 2 minutes. Drain the water then rinse the asparagus under cold running water. Drain again then cover the asparagus in cold water. Add a few handfuls of ice cubes to the pot and set it aside. 
  2. While the water is heating, make the dressing. Add the oil, balsamic glaze, dijon mustard, garlic, and salt to a bowl and whisk to combine. Add the water and whisk once more. 
  3. Place the salad greens, cherry tomatoes, walnuts, and goat cheese into a salad bowl. 
  4. Drain the water from the asparagus then use a paper towel to pat them dry. Put the asparagus into the salad bowl, pour the dressing over the top, and toss to mix everything.

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