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This asparagus pasta salad is made with a lemony vinaigrette dressing, fresh herbs, tomatoes, and pecorino cheese. Quick and simple to make, it’s the perfect side salad for warmer evenings. As a bonus, it makes great leftovers for lunch the next day!

Asparagus pasta salad in serving bowl.

This asparagus pasta salad is the perfect side salad for picnics, BBQs, or packed lunches!

What better way to enjoy warmer days than with a simple, seasonal pasta salad! Made with crunchy asparagus, beautiful fresh green herbs, and a zingy lemon dressing – this asparagus pasta salad will become a go-to option for picnics, outdoor dinners, and BBQ parties.

It pairs beautifully with proteins like salmon, chicken, or shrimp. You may also enjoy it warm or cold (although I personally prefer it a little chilled). Because of this, it makes a wonderful option for leftover packed lunches or even intentional meal prepping, too!

As a dietitian, I love how this pasta salad can help you reap all the nutrition benefits of asparagus. This tasty veggie is rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, and micronutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, and potassium.

Looking for more pasta salad ideas? You may also enjoy some of my reader-favourite recipes, including this lemon orzo salad with shrimp, this kale pasta salad, or this roasted veggie pasta salad!

Recipe ingredients in small bowls.

Visual guide: step-by-step

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STEP 1: While you cook your pasta, add sliced asparagus spears to a large pan with olive oil. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes, until cooked but still a bit crunchy.

Lemon vinaigrette dressing tossed in bowl.

STEP 2: Next, add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.

Pasta salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl, before combining.

STEP 3: Add all ingredients to a large salad bowl, including the cooked asparagus, cooked pasta, sliced tomatoes, chopped herbs, and grated pecorino cheese.

Asparagus pasta salad in serving bowl.

STEP 4: Toss everything together and finish with balsamic glaze! If you’d like, you may chill the pasta salad in the fridge before serving. Enjoy 🙂

Recipe modifications + serving ideas

This pasta salad is the perfect side to your favourite protein. I’ve had it with both chicken and baked salmon, but I think it would also taste wonderful with sautéed shrimp, white fish, or eggs!

If you follow a gluten-free diet, simply choose a certified gluten-free pasta in a short shape. Otherwise, the rest of this recipe is naturally gluten-free.

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This asparagus pasta salad is made with a lemony vinaigrette dressing, fresh herbs, tomatoes, and pecorino cheese. Quick and simple to make, it's the perfect side salad for warmer evenings. As a bonus, it makes great leftovers for lunch the next day!
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups pasta, dry (short shape)
  • 1 bunch asparagus, woody ends removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1.5 tsp olive oil (to cook asparagus)
  • 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (341 grams)
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecorino cheese, grated (or parmigiano-reggiano)
  • Balsamic glaze, to drizzle

Lemon Dressing:

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for pasta. Cook according to package directions and drain when finished.
  • Meanwhile, get all your pasta salad ingredients prepped: snap woody ends off asparagus and cut spears into 1-inch pieces. Halve tomatoes, chop herbs, and grate pecorino cheese.
  • Heat 1.5 tsp of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add asparagus to the pan and sauté for 5-7 minutes, depending on thickness. Ideally you want the asparagus to be tender enough to eat, while still having a bit of a crunch! Remove from heat.
  • Add all salad dressing ingredients to a small bowl or jar. Whisk or shake together to combine.
  • To a large salad bowl, add cooked pasta, cooked asparagus, chopped tomatoes, chopped herbs, and grated cheese. Pour dressing overtop and toss to combine.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, as needed. Finish with a nice drizzle of balsamic glaze and toss one last time.
  • You may serve the pasta salad immediately, or feel free to chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes (or longer) if you'd like it to be more cold. Enjoy!

Notes

*LEFTOVERS: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep for up to 3 days.
*SERVE WITH: This pasta salad is the perfect side to your favourite protein. I’ve had it with both chicken and baked salmon, but I think it would also taste wonderful with sautéed shrimp, white fish, or eggs!
*DIETARY MODIFICATIONS:
  • If you follow a gluten-free diet, simply choose a certified gluten-free pasta in a short shape. Otherwise, the rest of this recipe is naturally gluten-free.
  • If you follow a dairy-free diet, feel free to use a dairy-free cheese!
Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 540mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1861IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition

As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.

Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.

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