Asparagus Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

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Get the fresh, light taste of spring with CREAMY ASPARAGUS PASTA SALAD. This simple to make pasta dish combines ripe asparagus, tomatoes, red onion, fresh lemon, garlic and greek yogurt for a tasty pasta salad is great for busy weekdays, outdoor dining, and all your summer parties and barbecues!

Creamy Asparagus Pasta Salad comes with an extra punch of flavor from fresh lemon juice and makes a perfect spring side dish. Add grilled chicken and it could be a meal all on it’s own. Recipe at TidyMom.net

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I love asparagus. They were never served in our home when I was growing up. I didn’t know what I was missing out on until several years ago.  Not only are these little guys delicious, but they are full of health benefits. Asparagus are packed with vitamin C, K, and folate, and are an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich food. And don’t forget the fiber!

Seriously, I could eat asparagus at every meal. As soon as spring hits and they start showing up at the market I get so excited. Our favorite go to, is simply roasted asparagus with parmesan, or Asparagus Gruyere Tart if I want to impress guests.

Last week I decided to make a big bowl of Asparagus Pasta Salad with a Creamy Lemon Dressing and you guys…..it rocked my world!  The lemon and asparagus marry perfectly together and the greek yogurt proveds a fabulous creamy base to the simple dressing. 

Creamy Asparagus Pasta Salad leftovers are a dream! I served it as a side dish for dinner two nights, and I’ve been eating it for lunch ever since. I tossed in some pre-cooked grilled chicken yesterday —  a flavor combination I can’t get enough of! It would be wonderful served at a shower, busy weekdays, lazy weekends, picnics and BBQs.

 

Creamy Asparagus Pasta Salad comes with an extra punch of flavor from fresh lemon juice and makes a perfect spring side dish. Add grilled chicken and it could be a meal all on it’s own. Recipe at TidyMom.net

 

While chilled pasta salads really steal the show in the spring and summer, you can enjoy them all year long. When asparagus are out of season this recipe would work well with broccoli, green beans, cauliflower and more.  Feel free to use your favorite pasta with in season veggies!

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Creamy Asparagus Pasta Salad comes with an extra punch of flavor from fresh lemon juice and makes a perfect spring side dish. Add grilled chicken and it could be a meal all on it’s own. Recipe at TidyMom.net

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Creamy Asparagus Pasta Salad

This Creamy Asparagus Pasta Salad comes with an extra punch of flavor from fresh lemon juice and makes a perfect spring side dish. Add grilled chicken and it could be a meal all on it’s own.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound uncooked pasta, such as penne or rotini
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
for the dressing
  • 10 ounces greek yogurt
  • 4-5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

  1. Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a jar and screw on lid.  Shake jar vigorously until ingredients are well combined. Taste and adjust quantities as desired. Set the dressing aside.
To Make Pasta Salad:
  1. Remove the tough stems of the asparagus then cut each spear into 2-inch pieces.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 11 minutes, then add the asparagus to the boiling water and cook with pasta for another 2 minutes. Drain the pasta and asparagus then rinse it with cold water until cooled; allow drain well.
  3. Transfer pasta and asparagus to a large bowl, gently stir in tomatoes and onions.  Toss with dressing, cover and refrigerate a few hours or over night.
  4. Serve cold or room temperature. Enjoy!

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