Asparagus with Tomatoes and Feta

A few months ago my friend and I took a little road trip to go to a concert.  We stayed with her aunt and uncle, and her aunt was gracious enough to cook a wonderful meal for us when we arrived.  She made a delicious salmon as the entree, but what really wowed me was the asparagus.  It was topped with a mixture of fresh tomatoes and feta, and it was unbelievably delicious.  I mean, this was back in April and I’m still thinking about it now!  So, I finally decided to try recreating it here at home and I’m happy to report that this was every bit as delicious as I remember.  Hands down, my favorite way to prepare asparagus.  Very simple but so delicious, and a great way to use up any extra feta you have in the fridge.  I don’t really know what else to say about this except that it is a spectacular side dish!

Asparagus with Tomatoes and Feta
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1 bunch asparagus
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 shallot, finely minced
2-3 vine ripened tomatoes, seeded and diced
3 oz. crumbled feta cheese
Salt and pepper

In a large skillet, lay the asparagus in a single layer (or as close to a single layer as you can get).  Add water just until the asparagus is covered.  Heat over medium-high heat until the water boils.  Reduce the heat and let simmer until the asparagus is tender.  Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat.  Sauté the shallot until tender, 3-4 minutes.  Add the diced tomatoes to the pan and cook 2-3 minutes, just to warm and wilt very slightly.  Once the asparagus is tender, remove from the heat and drain.  Remove the shallot-tomato mixture from the heat, stir in the feta, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Place the warm asparagus on a serving platter (or individual plates) and top with the tomato-feta mixture.  Serve immediately.

Source: Annie’s Eats original, inspired by Aunt Susan

13 Responses

  1. This is so pretty that it’ll make even my husband eat asparagus! Thanks for sharing this.


  2. In the words of Rachel Ray – Yum’o! I love feta and my latest addiction is goat cheese!

  3. looks healthy and fabulous!

  4. Fantastic way to top asparagus! Nice and light for summer, too!

  5. Asparagus and feta are two of my favorite things…yum!

  6. Sold as soon as I saw feta was involved 🙂 Looks like a lovely asparagus side dish!

  7. So simple and a great way to dress up asparagus. Great photo!

  8. Ooh – I don’t know if I’ve tried asparagus with feta before – this looks great!

  9. What a tasty way to enjoy some asparagus!

  10. mmmmmmm. Looks delicious!

  11. I made this last weekend, and it was great! I added a touch of balsamic vinnegar and served it as a salad.

  12. I love: asparagus, feta cheese, fresh tomatoes… this looks absolutely perfect!

  13. This recipe is so amazing. I’ve made it a bunch since I saw it via Tastespotting. I’m going to use the tomato/feta mixture on steamed spinach tonight, since my boyfriend is scared of asparagus. (So sad!) Thanks so much for your awesome blog!

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