Lemony Pasta Salad with Asparagus

Back to blogging!  I’ve been a little slow on the posting lately since the Husband and I just moved into a new house a week and a half ago.  So we’ve been busy unpacking everything, trying to get the main rooms organized, putting together nursery furniture and trying to just cross things off of our list before the baby comes!  It’s been a lot of work, but I’m so glad that we are in the new house before the baby.  One less thing to worry about when our lives completely change in the next couple of weeks!

This is a great summer pasta salad.  It is nice and light.  Plus you could easily switch out the ingredients with whatever you have on hand.

I have a few great peach recipes to post in the next couple of weeks, so hopefully baby holds off a few more days so that I can get those up!

Lemony Pasta Salad with Asparagus, adapted from Food Network

  • Salt
  • 1 pound corkscrew pasta
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped dill leaves
  • 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 7 ounces crumbled feta cheese

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and rinse. Set aside.

In another large pot of boiling salted water, add the asparagus and blanch until bright green and slightly tender, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or a spider and shock in icy cold water. Remove from the water and dry well.

Trim the ends of the asparagus and cut into bite-size pieces on the bias.

Whisk together the mustard, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Combine the reserved asparagus and pasta in a large serving bowl. Add the tomatoes, dill, peas, feta, and the mustard dressing. Toss with tongs to coat the salad well. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.

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2 Responses to Lemony Pasta Salad with Asparagus

  1. CC says:

    I can’t possibly be the only one who has replied to this post. This was an AMAZING pasta salad! I used Target’s Simply Balanced Organic Trottole pasta, because I love the shape and the heartiness of it. I forgot to use the dill (I’ll add it for leftovers tomorrow night,) and it was still wonderful. This is a perfect summer salad. Thanks for the recipe!

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