Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

From A Slice of Paradise. This has been a regular at our house for years. It can be made well in advance. It's quick and easy to assemble for an everyday dinner and pretty enough for a dinner party. I often substitute verjuice for the vinegar. Serve cold.


  1. Mix basil, oil, vinegar, salt, sugar and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Cut ends off asparagus.
  3. Cook asparagus in a large pot of simmering water for 4 minutes.
  4. Drain and put in an ice bath.
  5. Remove asparagus to a platter and top with chopped tomato.
  6. Pour vinaigrette on asparagus.
  7. Chill until ready to serve.
Most Helpful

Amanda, you've got a winner of a recipe here! I used asparagus with small diameters and cooked them my usual way in the microwave for 3 minutes. I used 1 T balsamic and 1 T seasoned rice wine vinegar and a shake of garlic powder. . .perfect!!! I let them marinate for about 2 hours in the fridge before serving and then topped with the tomtoes and poured the extra vinaigrette over the tomatoes which was awesome. . .asparagus were tangy and the tomatoes were fresh. I will definitely make this again. Made for Veg*n Swap.

JanuaryBride December 14, 2008

love this, I added 1/2 cup chopped red onions and garlic/wine seasoning. awsome, ty

spotty129 July 25, 2012

Very nice. We enjoyed it with dinner last night, and it was even better at luch today after it had more chilling time, I thnk I might play with the flavors a bit the next time I make this... might add some fresh Mozzerella or add some sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds for some of the olive oil.

SuzV February 01, 2010