Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson 
Total Time
20 Mins
Serves 6

This colorful summer salad features fresh asparagus tossed with a light homemade dressing, fresh herbs, red onion, pine nuts, and feta cheese.

How to Make It

Step 1

Drop asparagus into a large pot of boiling water and cook until bright green and slightly softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain asparagus and rinse with very cold water until cool.

Step 2

In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, mustard, oil, and herbs. Add asparagus, onion, pine nuts, feta, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.

Step 3

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Step 4


Also appeared in: Sunset, June, 2009

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Ratings & Reviews

MTrue2013's Review

October 17, 2013

KristinRT's Review

July 25, 2010
My husband's favorite. Delicious.

PaulaRB's Review

May 26, 2009
My goodness, this recipe is utterly delicious. I increased the amounts of basil and chives because I don't like cilantro.

kgpope's Review

April 09, 2010
I knew this would be good w/ all the ingredients listed, but it was unexpectedly great! I think the sweetness of the basil and saltiness of the feta really set this off, along w/ the pinenuts and red onions adding flare. Great recipe. Thanks!

MooseCooks's Review

June 02, 2009
I loved this dish! I simplified it by replacing the basil/chives/cilantro with fresh parsley. Also I left out the feta to reduce calories. It didn't need it! It doesn't save well, so don't make more than you need to serve.

Uschi010850's Review

July 26, 2009
It was an excellent salad, served it with grilled pork chops. My husband told me it was one of the best dinners I have made. I will be making this often, we love asparagus.

StephinColorado's Review

April 05, 2014
I loved this! Great flavor - would be wonderful to take to a summer potluck. I made this for lunch and served with salmon - they go great together! The only thing I did different was I used thinly sliced shallots instead of red onion. I think I will start doing that more often in salads - I don't like a whole lot of onion taste and shallots can be very thinly sliced so as not to be so prevalent, but you still get the nice flavor.

ElizaThorn's Review

April 12, 2010
This is an excellent recipe. I changed it a bit to suit the ingredients we had, I used pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts, and fresh crumbly mexican cheese instead of feta, and added some chopped ham leftover from easter. The real stars are the wonderful dressing, the asparagus and the red onion. Incredible! We were using our bread to wipe down the plates!

MunchletteBelle's Review

June 23, 2014


April 08, 2016
My boyfriend LOVED this. I substituted walnuts for the pine nuts and it was still amazing. Little kids might not be big fans because of the complex flavors, but I will definitely be making this again.