I posted this recipe for Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Pasta Salad when I started my blog several years ago. It’s a recipe I make often and I have added a few updates over the years so I decided to repost it with a few changes that I think really brighten up the recipe. I serve this hearty salad as an entree for dinner or lunch, and along with crusty bread, a glass of a nice white wine and a plate of cookies you have a meal any company would enjoy.
- Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:
- 8 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- Salad Ingredients:
- 12 oz. pasta, cooked al dente.
- 6 ounces smoked salmon, cut into ½" pieces
- 1 pound asparagus, tough ends trimmed and cut into 1" diagonal pieces
- ½ cup green onions, thinly sliced
- ½ cup radishes, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
- Whisk dressing together. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate.
- Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water. I usually use bow-tie pasta but chose orecchiette (little ears) for this recipe. The little bowl shapes hold the dressing well. The dressing is so good that you want plenty in every bite. Add asparagus to the pasta and cook 2 minutes until crisp-tender. Drain, reserving ¼ cup pasta liquid.
- Transfer pasta and asparagus to a large bowl. Add sliced radishes, parsley and green onion. Mix reserved cooking liquid into the dressing. Add to salad and toss to coat well. Chill at least an hour before serving. I think the flavors of this salad are even better the next day so don't hesitate to prepare it ahead of time.
I hope you will try this wonderful salad while asparagus is still in season. Using shrimp instead of salmon is delicious too. Just mix and match whatever seafood and veggie sound good. The dressing for this salad is so creamy and flavorful and would be wonderful with a plate of asparagus all by itself. Ingredients can be very simple if the dressing is something special. I think you will agree that this one is.
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