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Grilled Asparagus Salad

Grilled asparagus salad is made with tender fresh asparagus, creamy white beans, onions, and tomatoes tossed in a light balsamic dressing. It’s a spring salad that is super easy to make.

Asparagus salad in a white bowl with a fork

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Grilling the asparagus for this delicious salad adds a slightly smoky, nutty flavor and requires little seasoning except for a dash of sea sat and black pepper. The light dressing brings out the flavor in all of the ingredients that blend together perfectly.

Enjoy this fresh and vibrant salad as a side dish with grilled chicken or as a light meal with a side of crusty bread.

Why you will love grilled asparagus bean salad

  • It’s a quick recipe to make with simple ingredients and can be made ahead of time.
  • It’s made with fresh ingredients that can be enjoyed as a light lunch, side dish or main course.
  • Asparagus, tomato, and bean salad is healthy and flavorful.
asparagus salad ingredients: asparagus, tomaotes, onion, dressing, white beans on a cutting board.

Here is what you will need

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Ingredients

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How to make this grilled asparagus salad recipe

Prepare the ingredients: preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Rinse and dry the asparagus; break off the rough ends. Rinse and cut the tomatoes into halves or quarters, chop the onions, drain and rinse the beans and mix up the dressing ingredients.

STEP 1: Once the grill is hot, brush the asparagus spears with a little bit of olive oil and place the asparagus on the grill.

Cook the asparagus for about 5 minutes and flip them over and grill for three to 5 minutes longer.

This image is asparagus on the grill. Nine pieces are on the grill rack.

asparagus on a cutting board being cut

STEP 2: Once the asparagus is cooked, remove it from the grill and set it aside to cool.

When it is cool enough to handle, cut the asparagus into bite-sized pieces and set them aside.

STEP 3: Add the grilled, chopped asparagus to a medium bowl along with with the beans, onions, and tomatoes.

tomatoes and asparagus in a bowl with dressing on the side

salad ingredients ina bowl with dressing pouring in

STEP 4: Pour the dressing over the salad.

STEP 5: Gently mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate or serve at room temperature.

an overhead view of the salad stirred up

Ingredient notes and substitutions

The full list of ingredients to make this grilled asparagus salad recipe is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients along with ideas for substitutes.

Cannellini Beans – Also called white kidney beans are the most common white beans and can be interchanged with other varieties of white beans such as navy beans or great northern beans which are also white beans.

Onions – Red onions, yellow onions, or Vidalia onions can be used in this recipe. I like to use red for a little extra color. If you prefer a sweeter flavor, try Vidalia onions.

Tomatoes – Any type of cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes can be used. We like red, or yellow cherry tomatoes. A mixture of both red and yellow adds a nice touch of color to the salad.

Fresh Garlic – In my opinion, fresh is always best in salads. If you don’t have a fresh garlic clove, it can be replaced with 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder.

Maple Syrup – Be sure to use real maple syrup and not pancake syrup. If it’s not available, it can be swapped with an equal amount of honey.

Balsamic Vinegar – Can be substituted with red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar for a more tangy dressing. You can also use an equal amount of lemon juice in the dressing for this salad.

an overhead picture of grilled asparagus salad

Make-ahead instructions

Salads are perfect make-ahead dishes, and this asparagus salad is a prime candidate. Here are a few make-ahead suggestions:

  • Prepare the salad without assembling it. Grill the asparagus, slice the tomatoes in half, chop the tomatoes and mix up the dressing. Store each ingredient in separate containers in the refrigerator for up to two days. Assemble the salad just before serving.
  • Prepare the entire salad and use only one-half of the dressing. Store the salad in the refrigerator for up to two days. Just before serving pour the remaining dressing over the salad.

Serving suggestions

This delicious asparagus salad recipe is the perfect side dish to serve chilled or at room temperature garnished with lemon zest and black pepper paired with a burger, grilled chicken, pork or all by itself as a light healthy meal.

A close up view of grilled asparagus salad in a bowl

Storing leftovers

Store leftover grilled asparagus salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two to three days. If the salad is dry, add a little dressing before serving.

Add cheese – Use a half cup of crumbled or chunks of feta cheese, parmesan cheese, goat cheese or mozzarella cheese.

Add meat – Add up to a half pound of chopped boneless chicken breasts for a one-dish meal.

Change up the beans – Substitute the white beans with chickpeas, fava beans or kidney beans.

Greek asparagus salad – Add 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives, sliced red onion and feta cheese.

Roasted asparagus salad – Instead of grilling the asparagus, roast it: place asparagus on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast for 10 to 15 minutes.

Asparagus arugula salad – Toss with baby arugula for a fresh and zety salad.

Tips

Recipe FAQs

Can the asparagus be roasted for this salad?

Yes, you can roast the asparagus instead of grilling it. Arrange the asparagus on a baking sheet and place it in an oven preheated at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes.

Does asparagus need to be soaked before grilling it?

No it does not need to be soaked, a rinse in cold water will remove the grit from the fresh asparagus.

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an overhead picture of grilled asparagus salad

Grilled Asparagus and White Bean Salad

Tender asparagus, creamy white beans, and tomatoes – the perfect blend of ingredients.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled asparagus salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Anne
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon [olive oil]
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus that has been cleaned and trimmed
  • 3/4 cup grape or cherry tomatoes sliced quarters
  • 1/2 medium onion sliced thin
  • 1 cup [white beans]
  • 2 tablespoons [balsamic vinegar]
  • 1/2 tablespoon [maple syrup]
  • 2 teaspoons [dijon mustard]
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • one clove crushed garlic

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill and prepare the ingredients: clean and trim the asparagus, rinse and slice the tomatoes, chop the onions.
  • Make the dressing: mix up 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 4 tablespoons olive oil and one clove of garlic.
  • Brush the asparagus spears with olive oil and place them on a heated grill and grill over a medium flame turning frequently until they become tender – about 10 minutes (turning them after 5 minutes)
  • Remove the asparagus spears from the grill and allow them to cool off.
  • Place the  tomatoes, onions, and beans into a bowl
  • Once asparagus is cool enough to handle slice into 1-inch slices and add it to the bowl.
  • Stir the dressing into the salad ingredients and serve at room temperature or cold.

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Notes

    Store leftover grilled asparagus in the refrigerator for two to three days. Enjoy leftovers served with a side of grilled chicken or a field green salad.
    See list of substitutes and recipe variations in the blog post above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 25mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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2 Comments

  1. This was perfect for our summery meatless Monday dinner! I think this would also be a great side dish with some chicken or fish or as a larger salad to bring to a picnic. Thank you 🙂