Asparagus Pasta Salad Recipe

Bow Tie Pasta Salad
Bow tie or farfalle pasta in a salad with asparagus. RGundrum / Getty Images
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

This vegetarian and vegan asparagus pasta salad with tomatoes, fresh parsley and tossed in a quick and easy balsamic vinaigrette dressing is perfect for when fresh asparagus is in season.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups pasta (bowtie, shell or macaroni; cooked)
  • 1/2 lb asparagus (diced)
  • 3 tomatoes (diced)
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 3 carrots (diced)
  • Optional: 1 yellow bell pepper (diced)

How to Make It

  1. Blanch or steam the asparagus, carrots and bell pepper separately in a bit of water just until cooked. In a large bowl, combine the asparagus, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, pasta and parsley.
  2. In a small bowl or blender, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, basil and and salt and pepper. Pour this dressing over the pasta, stirring well to coat.
  3. Chill before serving, if desired.