The supermarket chain is submitting a detailed application to Highland Council in response to Inverness Estates' appeal against the Scottish Government's approval of its first application.
The challenge could delay the project, which is already in its fourth year, by a further year. Asda said it will defend the approval of its scheme and also apply for consent for detailed plans to move the project forward.
Property communications manager Lisa Rooke said: "It is frustrating that Inverness Estates has chosen this course of action. But in the interest of creating jobs, we feel that this is the most appropriate way forward."