Asparagus, Feta, and Grape Tomatoes with Honey Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette

Asparagus, tomatoes, feta cheese combine with a honey mustard vinaigrette in this delicious side dish recipe
Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

I think asparagus is one of the best vegetables for a side dish. As long as you don’t boil it for too long, it always looks pretty and tastes great both steamed and grilled.¬†I’ve also discovered that it’s not easy to grow in a home garden (at least, it hasn’t been for me), which makes me appreciate it even more. My family loves asparagus¬†except my older daughter, who doesn’t like it at all. So if you’re planning to serve asparagus at a meal, I recommend you have a second vegetable side dish for those who share her taste.

Asparagus, tomatoes, feta cheese combine with a honey mustard vinaigrette in this delicious side dish recipe
Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

Whether you make this dish with regular-sized asparagus or the very thin variety is a matter of aesthetics; either one will taste great with the other ingredients. I think the thinner asparagus gives it a slightly more refined-looking quality, which you may prefer for a fancier meal. What I love about this dressing is that it has hints of honey and mustard without being a “honey mustard” dressing per se. The balsamic vinegar overpowers them just enough to prevent them from taking over. Really I could eat this several times a week and I wouldn’t get tired of it!

Asparagus, Feta Cheese, and Tomatoes with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Asparagus, tomatoes, feta cheese combine with a honey mustard vinaigrette in this delicious side dish recipe Asparagus, feta cheese, grape tomatoes, and fresh parsley combine in this side dish with a honey mustard balsamic vinaigrette, with an olive oil base.

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 10m

Ingredients

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 -1.5 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 4 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
  • 8 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Dish ingredients:

    Instructions

    1. Using a whisk, mix all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
    2. Boil about 2 inches of water in a large pot.
    3. Trim off tough ends of the asparagus.
    4. When the water boils, add the asparagus and cook until it is just tender when you stick a fork in it, about 4-5 minutes.
    5. Drain immediately.
    6. Arrange asparagus on a plate with tomatoes and feta cheese on top.
    7. Drizzle dressing over it, then sprinkle parsley, salt, and pepper.

    Adapted from a recipe by Cooking Classy

    What is your favorite way to cook asparagus? Share with us in the comments.

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