Asparagus Basil Salad

This easy Asparagus Basil Salad is not only healthy, it’s an incredibly tasty paleo side dish. It’s especially delectable during the summer when vegetables are in peak season. I found this recipe in Sunset Magazine. Actually, I didn’t find it, our family friend Mrs. Rose found it and made it for Mr. Rose’s 75th birthday, a fabulous gathering that the boys and I attended when we were in Davis, visiting my folks in 2010.

How Do You Handle Your Special Diet?

Special diets and social events can sometimes be a challenge. When family and friends don’t understand, accommodate, or respect your dietary restrictions things can get a bit dicey. However, Mrs. Rose made tons of healthy gluten-free food for us! So, a yummy dinner was enjoyed by all.

Maintaining Dietary Boundaries

I believe it really is up to us to maintain our boundaries and not eat food that makes us feel awful, just to spare someone else’s feelings. I would rather hurt someone’s feelings than hurt my body. Has anybody else been in a situation like that? If so, what did you do?

Asparagus Basil Salad

In a total dietary win-win, here’s a yummy salad that most everyone can enjoy. If you have a nightshade allergy, it’s still delicious without the tomatoes. And remember, my third book, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, is 100% nightshade-free!

Asparagus Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

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Servings 4



  • Steam asparagus for 5-7 minutes until fork tender
  • Place asparagus, tomatoes, avocado, and basil in a large bowl
  • Stir in olive oil, lemon juice, and mustard
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
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Leftovers for Breakfast

I actually made a huge batch of this Asparagus Basil Salad recently and ate it for breakfast with Hard Boiled Eggs, and then had the rest for dinner with the incredible Turkey Burgers from my first book, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

Paleo Summer Salad Recipes

Here are some of my other healthy paleo salad recipes:

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first published this recipe in 2010.

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I have been making this salad ever since you posted it years ago– and people still freak out in tasty amazement when I make it. it’s definitely a summer go-to!!!!


73 responses to “Asparagus Basil Salad”

  1. I haven’t tried this yet but I’m excited to.
    Thank you for putting recipes online for free.
    Much appreciated

  2. Best salad ever! I made it for a barbecue yesterday and everyone loved it! Easy to make, nutritious, and tastes like a high end restaurant salad!

  3. Elana, thank you for this salad recipe! It was awesome. I would like to know if the leftover you ate the day after had the dressing or you had place some aside. How does this salad taste the next day if there is any leftover like you stated above? Thanks so much for sharing your recipes!

  4. The salad sounds amazing! I will definitely give it a try!
    I would also like to comment on the “maintaining dietary bounderies”. My family had trouble understanding why I have made such drastic dietary changes. I have Crohn”s disease which is in remission because I am vigilant about monitoring what I eat. Food testing revealed foods that my body was not happy about digesting and eliminating those fooods from my diet has had positive effects.
    My friends and family now know that I am not going to eat certain foods. If I am uncertain about what is to be served for food I pack my own food and don’t worry about it. As you stated, we are responsible for our own health and what we eat.
    Thank you for sharing recipes and experiences with us.

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