Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Caroline Murphey
Prep Time
20 Mins
Other Time
23 Mins
Makes 8 servings

Add even more color to this beautiful salad by roasting squash, zucchini, carrots, or other favorite veggies with the asparagus.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus; remove scales with a vegetable peeler, if desired.

Step 2

Stir together 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp. chopped basil, 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper, and 1/4 tsp. salt in a large bowl.

Step 3

Add asparagus to olive oil mixture, and toss gently to coat. Place asparagus on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Step 4

Bake asparagus at 425° for 13 to 15 minutes or to desired degree of tenderness. Cool 10 minutes.

Step 5

Whisk together balsamic vinegar, garlic, and remaining 7 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. basil, and 1/4 tsp. salt.

Step 6

Toss together tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar mixture.

Step 7

Arrange lettuce on individual serving plates. Top with tomato mixture and asparagus. Add avocado just before serving. Drizzle with remaining balsamic vinegar mixture.

Step 8

Note: To make ahead, toss together tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion without dressing. Store these ready-to-use ingredients in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to five hours. The dressing and asparagus can also be made up to eight hours before serving.

Ratings & Reviews

Kimrivera's Review

February 17, 2013
One of the BEST salads I have ever had! Great taste! I will definitely make it again!

Mamamels's Review

May 17, 2012
Amazing! My husband isn't much for onions so I substituted fresh corn. It was so good and made the dish colorful. Will be making this one all summer

Nitnoi's Review

October 04, 2010
Delicious salad, and beautiful presentation! My brother and I fixed this for our mother's 75th birthday party. The only change we made to the recipe was to roast the peppers.

madjack96's Review

May 26, 2010
Wonderfully easy, elegant salad for a dinner party

CarolinaHood's Review

March 30, 2010
This recipe is outstanding... I thought the red onions were a little overpowering, so the second time I made it I put less red onions and substituted sweet onions!!!! Very good, and will make it again many times!!!!

Tracey73's Review

March 14, 2010
This was fantastic - I will absolutely be making it again. I added crumbled bacon and sliced, grilled chicken to make it a meal!

NibbleMeThis's Review

March 08, 2010
Had to sub romaine for bibb but was a tasty salad. The warm asparagus was a nice contrast to the rest of the salad. A little taste of Spring!

Tizzielish's Review

March 02, 2010
Having never roasted a vegetable before I was intrigued by the recipe. Wasn't too sure how it would taste but I was "craving" summer. It was much so that I have made it three times in the last week. I took some to work and it was devoured!