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Grilled Asparagus & Feta Salad

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This salad is the kind of wholly satisfying dish that makes you wonder if you might possibly be a very happy vegetarian. It’s delicious for lunch or a light bite — all you need to complete the meal is a hunk of warm crusty bread to sop up all the lemon-scented olive oil and feta. It’s also wonderful as a side dish to grilled fish, chicken or steak (particularly these Perfectly Grilled Chicken Breasts or this Grilled Flank Steak).

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Begin by tossing big, thick asparagus spears in olive oil, salt and pepper — and get your grill nice and hot.

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Grill the spears for a few minutes, turning occasionally, until tender-crisp.

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Chop them into bite-sized pieces and toss with the crumbled feta and lemon zest.

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That’s all there is to it!

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Grilled Asparagus & Feta Salad

Servings: 4
Total Time: 15 Minutes


  • 1 bunch thick asparagus, about 24 spears, ends trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, from one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Preheat grill to high.
  2. Place asparagus spears in baking dish and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Put asparagus on the grill, making sure spears are perpendicular to grates so they don't fall through. Set asparagus dish next to grill (do not clean). Cover and cook asparagus for 3-4 minutes, until nicely browned and tender-crisp. Remove asparagus from grill and place back in baking dish. Let cool, then transfer spears to cutting board and cut into 1½" pieces. Place cut asparagus back in dish, then add remaining tablespoon olive oil, feta, lemon zest and lemon juice. Toss gently and season with more salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Serve room temperature or cold.

Reviews & Comments

  • Great combination. Delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • — Carla on April 11, 2018
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  • This recipe is perfection! Love the smokiness from the grilled asparagus, salty feta, and bright lemon… My only regret is that I didn’t double it!

    • — Katie on March 8, 2018
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  • Once again, your recipe was delicious. Perfect! Just the right amount of lemon. Thankyou Jenn. ?

    • — Dana on August 15, 2017
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  • I’ve made this salad several times and we love it. I didn’t change anything in the recipe since we love all the flavors. It pairs perfectly with a grilled filet and is nice to take to a potluck dinner.

    • — Carole on June 22, 2017
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  • Loved this! I was able to roast at 450 degrees for 6 minutes and it was perfect. Will make repeatedly. Even my picky 8 year old tried it, which is nothing short of a miracle.

    • — Karen on May 21, 2017
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  • Love the recipe! One change to recommend: peel the thick parts of the asparagus to remove the fibrous/woody outer layer before grilling. Better final result.

    • — Phil on April 3, 2017
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  • This salad was excellent. I often grill asparagus, but haven’t made it into a salad before. The feta and lemon flavors were harmonious. Served with Jen’s wonderful and easy cauliflower puree and a grilled flank steak.

    • — Mary G on May 3, 2016
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  • I wanted to make the asparagus for a luncheon on Saturday, so tried it for my husband and I last night. We ate the whole pan. I baked mine at 450 for about 6 minutes, as my asparagus was a little thinner. Instead of the feta, I added shavings of a good Parmesan cheese. It still had some crunch, and was very very good with the lemon vinaigrette.

    • — Laura Migliore on February 28, 2016
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  • I wanted a simple vegetable to serve cold at a ladies brunch, and think the asparagus would be great. I did see one review that stated if made ahead , the lemon flavor was too concentrated. Do you make yours ahead, or should I cook and chill my asparagus the night before, and toss a few hours before serving? Thanks for all your great recipes. I am going to serve the spinach and cheese strata at the brunch too. Sounds so wonderful. I love spinach.

    • — Laura Migliore on February 18, 2016
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    • Hi Laura, I would probably make all the of the components ahead and store them separately; then toss everything quickly together right before serving.

      • — Jenn on February 18, 2016
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  • What do you think about substituting goat cheese for the feta?

    • — Fay on September 26, 2015
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    • Hi Fay, I think that will work well.

      • — Jenn on September 26, 2015
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  • 1. Great recipe, thanks.
    2. Big kudos to your having reviews by people who actually made your recipe–unlike the bludgeonly majority that only comment on the photos. Actual critiqued recipes makes your blog heads above!

    • — John on August 5, 2015
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  • Excellent Salad!!

    • — Cindy on June 6, 2015
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  • Yet another recipe that sounded good and turned out even better! I’d been hoping to have some leftovers for lunch but my fiance ate every last bite! Served this with grilled lobster tails and it was absolutely fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing your culinary gift!

    • — Sarah on March 17, 2015
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  • I love asparagus and usually serve it sautèd and whole. This was s genius variation. The asparagus was much easier to serve and eat when it was cut. Also, the grill marks added a nice flavor to the whole dish.

  • This is the best-ever recipe for asparagus! We were grilling a steak, so we threw the asparagus in a perforated grill pan and grilled it, but otherwise followed the recipe as written. What a great flavor combo of lemon and feta along with the asparagus. Wonderful addition to a warm fall weekend meal of spice rubbed steak and the garden’s last cherry tomatoes. Thank you, Jenn!

    • — Liesel on October 13, 2014
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  • What a marvelous flavor combination! As a lover of both Asparagus and Feta ~ I can’t believe I didn’t think of this myself…

    While I’m saving this simple but sensational salad for new Spring, when Asparagus is in abundance. It’s harder to find really good asparagus this time of year ~ but I’m going to be on the look out for it.

    The rest of the ingredients: Feta, Lemons, Olive Oil & Kosher Salt and fresh Peppercorns are all staples in our household and I ALWAYS have those on hand!
    Thanks Jenn ~ I have a feeling we’ll be eating and enjoying often.

    • — Jesselyn Andersyn on July 23, 2014
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  • This was absolutely delicious! Grilled asparagus and feta go great together.

    • — nancy on July 8, 2014
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  • Yumm!

    • — Laura on July 6, 2014
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  • This was THE BEST way I have ever cooked asparagus!! Ain’t is so simple yet flavorful. Grilling the asparagus and then adding the feta and lemon and letting it cool to room temperature makes the flavor just shine. Five stars!!

    • — Pam on May 25, 2014
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  • absolutely delicious 🙂 and so easy to make

    • — Shelley on May 19, 2014
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  • This was delicious! I think I’ve found my new favorite salad! Thank you so much for sharing! My family and I loved it!

    • — Courtney M. on April 21, 2014
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  • This was delicious the day before Christmas when I first made it, but the next day was way too lemony. I thought it would be a great dish to make ahead, but it wasn’t. It was really good after it was first made though

    • — Sharron on January 20, 2014
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  • I had a similar dish at Noodles and Co. They substituted the feta with parmisan and I’m sure since this was fast food it was tossed with lemon juice. T was still very good and very expensive. This recipe is amazing and so much cheaper!

    • — Nichole on December 10, 2013
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  • Looks yummy definitely will try.

    • — Diana on September 20, 2013
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  • Wonderful!!!!

    • — Christine on July 10, 2013
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  • made grilled asparagus tonight for diner,bought feta this afternoon, then found this recipe after dinner…so bummed, will try with the leftover asparagus tomorrow for lunch.

  • Yum. Made this recipe for Easter. The family loved it!

    • — Doris on March 31, 2013
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  • I love it…simple and fresh!

  • Love the idea:)

  • I used a broiler pan- the kind that comes with most ovens to roast my asparagus on the grill. Most people have one of these pans and I was able to use thinner asparagus in the recipe.

    • — Rosemary Vanelli on October 9, 2012
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  • I made this tonight, my husband says this is definitely a keeper. We loved it. I am so looking forward to making more of your recipes they all look so good. Thank you so much!

    • — Amber on July 27, 2012
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  • I served this at a Bunco dinner and it was the biggest hit of any dish this year. Thank you.

    • — frankie on July 19, 2012
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  • ok., i think ive died and gone to heaven. this is divine. i cannot wait to make it. i love asparagus!! thank you for posting this!!!

    • — trisha dowling on June 27, 2012
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  • Loved this….served with a grilled swordfish

    • — erica on June 27, 2012
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  • Grilling and sauteing are my favorite ways to cook asparagus! The addition of the feta and lemon send it over the top. Love this idea! Adding tomatoes sounds really good too.

    • — Rachel on June 26, 2012
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  • I am on a diet that is vegetable rich and this sounds great. Can I bake it instead of grilling?

    • — Tamar on June 25, 2012
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    • Hi Tamar, You could roast the asparagus but the flavor wouldn’t be quite the same. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on June 25, 2012
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  • i added cherry tomatoes to mine….so yummy!

    • — brittany on June 24, 2012
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  • sounds good! I’m going to try this tonight but instead of grilling it right on the grate I’m going to use a grill basket for fish/veggies. That way I can cut it into pieces first and I won’t lose any asparagus to the coals! You still get the grill marks and charred flavor!

    • — Julie on May 31, 2012
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  • too good

  • Your asparagus AND your grilled chicken were AMAZING!! I was planning a different chicken bbq but then saw yours and thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a try… so EASY and GREAT! My guests devoured both!

    • — Tammy Jones on May 19, 2012
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    • — Cathy on May 16, 2012
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  • This is fabulous. I’ve been making it at least once a week for a month. The whole family loves it! Thanks!

    • — Kathy on May 15, 2012
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  • Can’t wait to try this one.

    • — Lori O. on May 15, 2012
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  • Made this on the grill last night and it was fabulous! I love asparagus and this gave it an exciting new twist, and it was so easy!

    • — Brianna on May 15, 2012
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  • Hi Jennifer,
    First I must say – I am so grateful to have discovered your site via Huffington Post. You’ve inspired me to cook more and actually enjoy it – thanks to your helpful advice, gorgeous pictures, and of course – the delectable finished product. So far I’ve made 5 of your recipes in the last 3 days!!!- and will make them over and over again. Thank you!

    I would love to make this recipe – but have no bbq – so – I was thinking of roasting the asparagus instead. What do you think?

    • — Heidi on April 7, 2012
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    • Hi Heidi, Thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes. It’s perfectly fine to roast the asparagus…Simply preheat your oven to 450 degrees, and then toss the asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast on a foil-lined baking sheet for 8-10 minutes, or until tender-crisp.

      • — Jenn on April 7, 2012
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      • 🙂 Thank you very much for the time and temp. Will do! Happy Easter. Happy Spring.

        • — Heidi on April 7, 2012
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    • Hi Jennifer, I often saute asparagus in my cast iron pan (well worth having one!). Works just as well as grilling imho!

      • — Gwyneviere on November 29, 2016
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  • This recipe was SO delcious! I was too lazy to grill, so I baked the asparagus instead, but turned out just as good. And it was room temp when I served it…still so good!

    • — Amy Krikorian on April 5, 2012
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  • oh my goodness. I found the link to your blog on Pinterest and whipped this up. Loved the combination of the feta, asparagus and the lemon zest. Thank you for using such simple ingredients for such a delicious dish 🙂

    • — denise on March 27, 2012
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  • What is the serving size…I love this and could eat the whole thing at one serving!!! I need a limit on myself…please help!

    • — Erin on March 26, 2012
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    • Hi Erin, I know what you mean 🙂 It serves 4 as a side dish.

      • — Jenn on March 27, 2012
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  • delicious!

  • Yummy

    • — Kerrilee on March 14, 2012
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  • Delicious! I can’t wait for spring when my garden is sprouting asparagus everyday so I can eat this more often.

    • — Chrissy on March 4, 2012
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  • I absolutely love asparagus. I’ve never thought about pairing it with feta cheese, but now I need to!

    • — Megan on March 1, 2012
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  • I tried this recipe awhile back and loved it. Quick and easy. Plus everything is better with cheese!

    • — Wildwhuck on February 29, 2012
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  • […] old pins, and I actually found the link to the original recipe my mom wanted to try over at Once Upon a Chef.  Turns out, we came pretty close with our improvised version, but Jennifer’s Grilled […]

  • Made this tonight and we really enjoyed it. I squeezed in some lemon juice for a bit more zip.

    • — Leah on February 10, 2012
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  • Made this on the grill last night and it was incredible. Who knew asparagus and feta were such a great combo?!

    • — Erica on September 29, 2010
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  • Oh my goodness, that looks absolutly delicious! I love both Feta Cheese and Asparagus! I can’t wait to try this out! Perfect summer meal.

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