Monday, May 18, 2009

Salad with Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, and Feta (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Asparagus tomato salad
A delicious salad I came up with when I had leftover asparagus!

Cooking and blogging are getting harder to fit into the schedule around here, and you can blame it on house renovations that are starting to take over my life. I vowed not to complain, because I completely appreciate how much I'm blessed to be able to create such a wonderful working space, but having my house torn apart at the same time I'm ending the school year and packing up my classroom is taking its toll. These days dinner has to be something simple that can be made in a few minutes! If you have some leftover asparagus, this simple salad turned out to be quite delicious and can be on the table in under ten minutes.

I had leftover asparagus, which I cut into pieces. I was aiming for pieces the same length as the kalamata olives, because I'm really into symmetry of cut!

Cherry tomatoes from Costco, which are just starting to get good for the season. I cut each tomato lengthwise into fourths.

You don't need a lot of Kalamata olives to add a lot of flavor. I cut the olives in half lengthwise.

Feta is another strongly flavored ingredient where a little goes a long way, and this is only 1/4 cup.

Mix together the asparagus, olives and tomatoes, toss with a simple lemon vinaigrette, stir in the feta, and dinner is on the table!

Salad with Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, and Feta
(Makes 2-4 servings, depending on what else you're eating with it, recipe created by Kalyn when she had leftover asparagus in the fridge and no time to cook.)

1 cup leftover cooked asparagus, cut into small slices
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut lengthwise into fourths
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup Feta cheese (I used my favorite Feta)

Dressing Ingredients:
1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp. Greek seasoning (see below for substitutes)
2 T extra-virgin olive oil

(I use Penzey's Greek seasoning which has salt, Turkish oregano, garlic, lemon, black pepper, and marjoram. You can substitute a pinch of whichever you have of those spices.)

Put lemon juice in small bowl, add Greek seasoning and let it dissolve while you prep salad ingredients.

Cut asparagus into bite-sized pieces about as long as the olives. Cut cherry tomatoes into fourths lengthwise and cut olives into half lengthwise. Mix asparagus, tomatoes, and olives in medium-sized bowl.

Whisk olive oil into lemon juice, one tablespoon at a time, then gently combine dressing with asparagus-tomato-olive mixture. Very gently stir in Feta cheese and serve immediately.

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South Beach Suggestions:
This is a perfect side salad or main dish salad for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any other type of low-glycemic eating plan.

Salad with Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, and Feta

More Salad Ideas with Asparagus:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Farro Salad with Asparagus, Red Bell Pepper, and Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette from Kalyn's Kitchen
Warm Salmon and Asparagus Salad from Kalyn's Kitchen
Quinoa Salad with Shrimp and Asparagus from House of Annie
Gorgeous Raw Asparagus Salad from A Veggie Venture
Grilled Halloumi and Asparagus Salad from Feeding Maybelle
Penne and Asparagus Salad with Pecans from Not Eating Out in NY
Roasted Squash and Asparagus Salad from Taste Buddies
(Want even more asparagus salad recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)
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  1. Oh my...this looks so very healthy as well as delicious! Just what I like...good hearty and healthy 'salads' Love it. Going to try that real soon!

  2. How did the asparagus stand up to all the the other strongly flavored ingredients?

  3. Delicious, healthy and did I say delicious? This could dangerously become the main course.

  4. That looks delicious! I would never have thought to do that with asparagus. I'll be giving that one a try soon!

  5. I so love this, it combines so many of my favorite things. I will definitely be making this for lunch.

  6. Trish, thanks.

    Nate-n-Annie, I really liked this combination. Flavors were very complementary for me.

    Peter, thanks! I did eat it as mu whole dinner, but at the time I was thinking it would be a great side salad.

    Stefanie, I don't especially like re-heated asparagus, which is what gave me the idea to try this.

  7. Joanne, must have been writing our comments at the same time, but glad you like it!

  8. Your salads are always so colorful, fresh and full of great flavors, Kalyn! I miss asparagus already. :)

  9. I LOVE this salad. Looks so fresh and tasty! Your on a greek streak!

  10. Brilliant color. This would be a perfect salad to bring to picnics and pot lucks- vegetarian and gluten-free.

    Hope you can cruise through these last few weeks of mishegas. The goal is close. Hang in there!

  11. You're in the same boat as me - juggling school (only I'm in culinary school), home life, and a growing blog. As well as finding time to cook.

    It's a fun life, isn't it?!

    And, bonus, now I have a new salad recipe (everything in life is better with olives).


  12. What a gorgeous salad. I'm excited that asparagus is in season. Feta, olives and veggies. Such a treat!

  13. Love the introduction of my favorite - asparagus - into a Greek style salad! Excellent!

  14. This looks lovely and I just bought some great looking asparagus. I love fresh fresh salads like this and have never tried to incorporate asparagus. I will definitely have to try this!

  15. That looks really good! I would have never thought of using asparagus with all those other flavors!

  16. What a wonderful combination - Now that is a salad that I can really sink my fork into over and over again!

  17. Looks delicious! I will have to try!

  18. What a great take on a Greek salad! Whenever I make a Greek salad, I find that it tastes even better as I let the salad sit and the flavors have a chance to meld.

  19. That salad is just packed with flavour and goodness!

  20. Very beautiful salad - I love the bright colours (and I'm with you Kalyn re: symmetrical cuts) :D

  21. The color combination is so bright and lively, which is best served this holiday season. I'll add this to my collection other than my own barbecue rib recipes . Happy New Year!:)


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